Is your eye looking pink and not so pretty? Sounds like conjunctivitis, often called pinkeye. This can happen when the conjunctiva, the covering of your eye and inside your eyelids, gets infected. Your eye may feel itchy and like you have a grain of sand caught in it. Your eye may be teary or gunky, especially when you wake up in the morning. Sometimes pinkeye will get better on its own, but some kids will need special eye drops to make it go away.