Santa Clara University


Student Health Services

The Student Health Services is staffed by medical professionals who are sensitive to the specific needs of students. The campus physician, nurse practitioners, and physician assistant see students by appointment and will see walk-in students with urgent needs.

The nursing staff is available during all open hours to assist students with less urgent health care concerns. In addition to our regular staff, we offer appointments with specialists including a psychiatrist, physical therapist assistant, and registered dietician.

Cold and Flu Information

Think you might have a cold or the flu? Click here for more information about these two common illnesses (PDF 112KB).

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Pink eye (conjunctivitis)

Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva (the clear

membrane that covers the white part of the eye and lining the eyelids).  When the small

blood vessels become inflamed they are more visible.  This is what has led to the term

“pink eye”.

There are four main causes of pink eye:  viruses, bacteria, allergens and/or irritants.  Most

cases of pink eye are mild and get better without treatment. Pink eye symptoms often

accompany a common cold or respiratory illness.

Severe cases of pink eye need evaluation and treatment.  If you have symptoms of pink

eye, seek medical treatment if you have any of the following:

  • Moderate to severe pain in your eye/s
  • Blurred vision or increased sensitivity to light
  • Intense redness in the eye/s
  • A weakened immune system
  • Symptoms that are getting worse or not improving
  • Pre-existing eye conditions which may put you at risk for complications/infection


Self-care measures may be all that is needed:

  • Apply a compress to your eyes.  Soak a clean, lint free cloth in water, wring it out and apply gently to closed eye/s.  Cool compresses are soothing, but a warm compress may feel better.  If your symptoms are in only one eye do not touch both eyes with the same cloth.
  • Over-the-counter eyedrops called artificial tears may relieve symptoms.
  • If you wear contact lenses, you need to stop wearing them until your eye/s feel better.

Viral and Bacterial conjunctivitis can easily spread from person to person.  Practicing good hygiene steps can control the spread of pink eye:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes
  • Wash any discharge from around your eyes several times a day.  
  • Wash your hands first, cleanse the eye area with a clean washcloth or tissue.  
  • Throw tissues away after use, if using a washcloth wash with hot water and detergent after use.  
  • Wash your hands again when done.Don’t share washcloths, towels, linens, blankets.  
  • Change pillowcases often.
  • Don’t share eye cosmetics or personal eye care items.
  • Throw away and replace any eye or face makeup used while infected.
  • Throw away contact lens solutions used while eyes infected.
  • Throw away disposable contact lenses and cases used while eyes infected.
  • Clean extended wear contact lenses as directed.
  • Clean eyeglasses and cases while infected being careful not to contaminate items (like towels) that might be shared by others.

If you are interested in additional information, please refer to the CDC website: