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    Is conjunctivitis hereditary?

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    A/Prof Diane Webster

    Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist)

    Dr Diane Webster is an ophthalmologist who attends the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. View Profile

    Infective conjunctivitis caused by a virus or bacteria is no hereditary. However if someone suffers from allergic conjunctivitis for example associated with hay fever, this may run in the family. Other family members may also be prone to hay fever and itchy watery eyes ( allergic conjunctivitis).

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