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Published On: Tue, Feb 11th, 2014

Pink eye sidelines Bob Costas at Sochi, Matt Lauer comes in off the bench

Veteran sportscaster, Bob Costas, who has been broadcasting the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia for NBC, has been battling an eye infection that has now affected both eyes, forcing him to sit out tonight’s prime time broadcast.

Bad case of pink eye Image/Video Screen Shot

Bad case of pink eye
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The infection forced Costas to wear glasses during recent broadcasts. While Costas takes to the bench, in comes “Today Show” host Matt Lauer to be designated sportscaster.

During Monday night’s episode of “Olympic Late Night”, the Syracuse University Newhouse School dropout said while downing some vodka, “My eyes can’t get any redder, no matter what I do.”

Pink eye, or Conjunctivitis, is a common eye ailment caused by an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the clear, thin membrane that covers the white portion of the eyes as well as the inner surface of the eyelids.

The three common causes of pink eye are viral, bacterial and allergic. The symptoms of each form are listed below:

Viral Conjunctivitis Symptoms

• Watery eyes accompanied with discharge are usual.
• Discomfort in the eye with itchiness maybe present.
• The infection usually affects one eye but can move to both.

Bacterial Conjunctivitis Symptoms

• Watery eyes followed with yellow or green discharge are natural occurrences.
• Irritation can be found along with an itchy feeling.
• The infection usually starts with one eye and can spread to the other.

Allergic Conjunctivitis Symptoms

• Heavy tearing, discomfort, and itchiness affecting both eyes are especially likely.

Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are very contagious. Only bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated with antibiotics.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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