Because, guess what, I have acute conjunctivitis. It started up yesterday, but was more awkward than painful then, and I was hoping to sleep it off. But this morning I wasn't any better, I was much much worse. I'm not too great now either - it feels like my eyes are full of sand - but at least I'm taking the meds and can hope for an improvement relatively soon. And I look a little better now ... because I also have closed tear ducts, so my face has swelled up. This morning I looked deformed, it was awful.
It made me regret prying my eyes open with my fingers so that I could see a little.