Inflammation of the conjunctiva (the thin, protective mucous membrane lining the eyelids and covering the anterior surface of the eye). Conjunctivitis may be due to a viral or bacterial infection, or chemical irritation. Bacterial infections can cause pus formation. Such purulent infections can be exacerbated by exercise. Chlorine in the water of swimming pools commonly acts as a chemical irritant causing conjunctivitis similar to purulent infections. Conjunctivitis in skiers and ice skaters can also be caused by cold injury to the cornea. Wearing goggles offers protection against these conditions.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.