Eye Infection Q & A

What’s an eye infection?
Like many parts of your body, your eyes are susceptible to infection from a host of nefarious sources, such as bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Eye infections can affect parts of your eye, one eye, or both eyes.

Here are a few of the most common types of eye infections:

Also known as pink eye, this infection of your conjunctiva, the clear, thin membrane that covers the surface of your eye, typically gives your eyes a pink tint. Bacteria or a virus are the most common causes, although you can contract this infection from an allergic reaction or irritants. Having a cold increases your chances of getting pink eye.

Keratitis is an infection of your cornea and common for those who wear contact lenses. Bacteria, viruses, or parasites in water can cause this condition.

Styes often manifest as painful red bumps under your eyelid or at the base of your eyelashes. They generally appear when the oil glands in your eyelid or eyelashes become infected with bacteria.

How do I know if I have an eye infection?
The signs and symptoms of eye infections and vary depending on the type. However, signs and symptoms of different types of eye infections are often the same and include:

An itching sensation
Sensitivity to bright light
Discharge of pus
If you experience these symptoms, you may have an eye infection and should schedule an appointment at See 20/20 Optometry to see Dr. Choi right away, so you can begin the appropriate treatment.

How are eye infections treated?
Most eye infections aren’t considered serious and are easily treated. Once Dr. Choi evaluates your infection, she works with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to relieve your symptoms.

Treatment for an eye infection typically involves a combination of medicated eye drops, ointments, and other medications, such as antibiotics, to address the root cause of infection. Dr. Choi always answers any questions and addresses any concerns you might have about have about treatment options.

If you detect signs of an eye infection, don’t wait to receive treatment, as conditions can worsen. Call 714-957-2704 or schedule an appointment online at See 20/20 Optometry right away.

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