These symptoms are those of conjunctivitis
. This is an eye infection
. It is very common and easy to treat. Other symptoms of conjunctivitis include itchiness and watering of the eyes, and sometimes a sticky coating on the eyelashes.
Conjunctivitis often doesn't require treatment as the symptoms clear up spontaneously. If treatment is thought necessary, the type of treatment will depend on the cause but in most cases antibiotic eye drops can be used to clear the infection. It's best not to wear contact lenses until the symptoms have cleared up. Any sticky or crusty coating on the eyelids or lashes can be cleansed with cotton wool and water.
There is unlikely to be any long-lasting problems with your eyes.
Dr K A Pottinger,