To get rid of pink eye, or conjunctivitis, first clean the eyelashes with a no-more-tears baby shampoo (like Johnson's Baby Shampoo) and a warm washcloth, then rinse. Letting a washcloth full of warm water set on the eyes first will make the clean-up easier. Next, place two Chamomile tea bags into boiling water to brew. (Use black tea bags if you have hayfever or pollen allergies.) Once they are cool, place the moist tea bags over your eyes for about 10 minutes. Repeat every few hours with new teabags.
Or, you can use a ready-made solution for soft (not hard) contact lenses that has boric acid as an ingredient. It is dangerous to mix your own boric acid solution. Use the solution several times a day. Do not touch the eye with the bottle or you will infect the bottle and all of the solution in it. Some solutions that you can use are: Advanced Eye Relief Eye Wash; or Sensitive Eyes Plus Saline Solution For Soft Contact Lenses.
If the pink eye causes itching, an antihistamine like Benadryl will stop the itch.
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is extremely contagious. Infected children should be kept out of school and/or daycare until it clears up. Each person in the household should have their own washcloth and towel to prevent passing the germs around. And, everyone in the household should also wash their hands often.
Most cases of pink eye are viral and not serious. See a doctor if there is yellow or green discharge from your eye; you have a high fever, shaking, face pain, or vision loss; you have severe pain in your eye when you look into a bright light; or if you have changes in vision (blurry, double, or objects have a halo around them).