Eye Infection

Jenny Choi, OD -  - Optometrist

See 20/20 Optometry

Jenny Choi, OD

Optometrist located in Santa Ana, CA

An eye infection is a debilitating condition that causes pain and discomfort. These infections are often contagious and spread easily. Dr. Jenny Choi treats all types of eye infections, including pink eye, at the Santa Ana, California, office of See 20/20 Optometry. If you notice signs or symptoms, such as redness, swelling, or a scratching sensation in one or both of your eyes, you may have an eye infection. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn about your treatment options.

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:

Conjunctivitis

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

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

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:

  • Pain
  • An itching sensation
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Redness
  • Discharge of pus
  • Tears

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 or schedule an appointment online at See 20/20 Optometry right away.