3. A burning sensation
In addition to redness and itching, the eyes can also feel as if they are burning when you have pink eye. At first, the burning might feel mild, but just like with itching, the longer the pink eye is left untreated, the worse the condition will become, and so will the burning. If your case of pink eye is intense, the burning can literally feel as if your eyes are on fire.
You might try putting over-the-counter eye drops in your eyes to treat the itching. Doing so could offer some relief, but if you have a viral or bacterial pink eye, you will need a prescription eye drop in order to effectively treat the condition. A burning sensation in the eyes can be caused by several other things, such as simply getting dust or dirt in them; however, with conjunctivitis, burning is only resolved with medication.