As most eyecare professionals know, pink eye, an inflammation of the transparent membrane in the eye, is one of the most common eye conditions that children can develop. It is most common in children under the age of seven.

30 percent of parents say they don’t go to the doctor or urgent care if they think their child has pink eye, according to a new study by, a group of expert ophthalmologists and optometrists whose purpose is to provide trusted information on eye health and vision. The study also revealed that 42 percent are not concerned about their child getting pink eye. Of those who have had children contract the illness (33 percent), 53 percent believe their child got it from a classmate.