Eye infections are a common medical condition and, if left untreated, can be painful and potentially cause eye injury. Understanding what causes eye infections and the different types of infections can help determine the best course of treatment. The optometry team at Total Vision Eye Health Associates in Port Orange, FL, has experience treating eye infections and providing relief for our patients.
Types of Eye Infections
Eye infections can vary based on the cause and if the eye is infected with a virus or bacteria. Some leading eye infections include:
- A sty
- Ocular herpes
It is best to see your optometrist for proper diagnosis and treatment of an eye infection.
Symptoms of Eye Infections
Eye infection symptoms vary, depending on the type of eye infection and what caused it. Common eye infection symptoms may include:
- Red or swollen eyes
- Watery eyes
- Dry eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Discharge from the eye
- Blurred vision
Treating Eye Infections
Treatments used for eye infections vary depending on the cause and type of infection. In most cases, after treatment begins, patients see improvement within a few days, but for all the signs of the infection to disappear, it can take a few weeks.
Viral conjunctivitis does not respond to antibiotics, and the eye doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication for treatment instead. Bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated with antibiotic eye drops or ointment, which help reduce symptoms and prevent the spread of the infection.
Preventing Eye Infections
Several things can be done to help prevent eye infections from occurring and spreading to others. First, you must wash your hands often throughout the day and avoid touching your eyes. If you wear contact lenses, do not over-wear them, properly clean them before putting them in your eyes, and take regular breaks from wearing them. Finally, do not share makeup brushes or anything else that may get close to your eyes.
If you think you may have an eye infection, see your eye doctor for evaluation and treatment.
See Our Optometrist for Eye Infection Treatment
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with an eye infection, it is best to schedule an appointment with your optometrist. The eye doctors at Total Vision Eye Health Associates in Port Orange, FL, have been helping patients with all their eye care needs, including eye infection treatment.
Call our office today at (386) 767-4449 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors of optometry and start your eye infection treatment.