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Eye Infections, What You Need to Know

Viral Pink Eye

Viral Pink Eye

Eye Infections are typically caused by viral, bacterial or fungal organisms with viral infections typically being the most common. All parts of the eye are susceptible to getting an infection.

Eye infections can affect one eye or both and occur across all age groups. Symptoms can include redness, irritation, discharge or pus and in some cases reduced vision.

Treatment will typically vary depending on the underlying cause. Let’s go over the possible causes and treatments for eye infections.

Why me? How Did I Get an Eye Infection?

Eye infections are very common, in fact, most of us have either had an eye infection or know someone who has.

The organisms that cause eye infections typically are (highest likelihood to lowest): viral, bacterial or fungal. People who wear contact lenses are more susceptible to eye infections due to the reduction in oxygen that gets to the surface of the eye and or a failure to properly clean or disinfect their lenses. Wearing daily disposable lenses can reduce this risk by almost 50%.

Eye infections are usually self-limiting and most resolve with minimal or no treatment. Sometimes they don’t resolve quickly and lead to more adverse problems that require a prescription medication to treat them.

Bacterial Eye Infection

Bacterial Eye Infection

If you believe you have an eye infection or your eyes or abnormally red or sore you should seek the advice of an eye care professional.

The team at Abbey Eye Care reserves time in our daily schedules to fit in ocular emergencies and sometimes eye infections fall into that category. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if you are unsure. Our goal is to diagnose and treat your condition quickly to relieve your symptoms and get you back to your normal day to day activities.

Eye Infection Symptoms:

  • Red eyes
  • Itching
  • Discomfort
  • Blurred Vision
  • Watery Eyes
  • Eye discharge
  • Eye Pain
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Foreign body sensation in the eye

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