DO I HAVE AN EYE INFECTION?

Dr. Jim Martin 09/14/2015

9647130_orig.pngTypically, eye infections occur whenever bacteria, fungi and viruses get into the eye or the surrounding area. Knowing the symptoms can help you identify whether you have an eye infection and what kind of treatment is needed.

Symptoms Of Eye Infections


There are a variety of symptoms that indicate you may have an eye infection:

  • Redness in the eye

  • Itching

  • Flaking of the eyelids

  • Discomfort

  • Blurred Vision

  • Watering eyes

  • Eye discharge

  • Eye pain

  • Swollen eyelids

  • Swelling

  • Eyelid matting

Some Types Of Eye Infections

There are various types of eye infections caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses.

Conjunctivitis (pink eye): One of the most common eye infection types, conjunctivitis is highly contagious. It's most often caused by bacteria or viruses, and is often spread among children at schools, day care centers, and the like.

Fungal keratitis: This type of eye infection is associated with a type of fungus found in organic matter.

Acanthamoeba keratitis: Contact lens wearers can be at risk of parasites that invade the eye and can cause serious infections. If you wear contacts, it's important to follow good hygiene while heeding tips such as not wearing contacts when you swim.

Please note that the above are just some examples of eye infections; others include trachoma and endophthalmitis, both of which are considered dangerous and can cause blindness.

How To Avoid Eye Infections

You can take a variety of steps to help avoid getting an eye infection. These include avoiding someone who has a red eye, avoid sleeping in contact lenses (unless prescribed by your optometrist), not using the same towels, bedding and other items as a family member who is showing signs of an eye infection, and teaching your children to not touch their eyes before washing their hands.

Treatment For Eye Infections


The first step in treating an eye infection is to get the correct diagnosis from an eye care professional. Your doctor will also advise you on how to prevent the eye infection from spreading to others. For more information about eye infections, or if you think you may have an eye infection,contact Broome Optical in Amarillo today.
 
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