Gonococcal or hyperacute conjunctivitis is a sexually transmitted disease of the eye. Conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, occurs when the membrane (conjuctiva) covering the inner eyelid and white part of the eye becomes infected or inflammed. Symptoms include irritation, redness, and discharge of the eye. Neisseria gonorrhoeae is the bacterium that causes gonococcal conjunctivitis. The bacteria may be spread from person to person through sexual contact, casual interaction with infected persons. Gonococcal infections most commonly occur in the cervix, rectum and urethra. Newborns whose mothers have gonococcal conjunctivitits can become infected during childbirth. Gonococcal conjunctivitis can be treated with antibiotics, prescription medication, or a mix of both. See your doctor for specific treatment of gonococcal conjunctivitis.