1. Redness and swelling of the conjunctiva: The conjunctiva, the thin membrane that covers the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids, becomes red and swollen in acute gonococcal conjunctivitis.
2. Eye discharge: There is a thick, purulent discharge from the affected eye. The discharge may be yellow or green in color and can cause the eyelids to stick together.
3. Eye pain: Acute gonococcal conjunctivitis can cause significant eye pain, which may worsen with blinking or movement of the eye.
4. Sensitivity to light (photophobia): The infected eye may become sensitive to light, causing discomfort and a desire to avoid bright lights.
5. Blurred vision: In some cases, acute gonococcal conjunctivitis can lead to blurred vision or a decrease in visual acuity.
6. Swollen lymph nodes: The lymph nodes located near the affected eye may become swollen and tender to touch. This is a common symptom associated with the infection.