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A 71 year old patient who had had red eyes for a week was referred to the casualty department of the local eye hospital with a provisional diagnosis of trachoma. Examination showed no reduced vision, clear corneas, and a pseudomembrane on the palpebral conjunctiva of both lower lids. This pseudomembrane was caused by simple viral conjunctivitis; even a mild adenoviral conjunctivitis can lead to formation of pseudomembrane. Although it looks frightening, it usually resolves completely.completely.