I have pink eye. It's not painful, just annoying. My eye is a little red, inflamed and it's tearing. I'm doing hot compresses by dipping a clean cotton ball in chamomile tea. It helps a lot, it's great for the swelling. The hardest part is avoiding touching my eye. I know if I touch that eye and then touch my other eye, my other eye will get infected too. So I have to remind myself not to touch.