Infections

Eyes can develop infections from bacteria, fungi or viruses. Eye infections can occur in different parts of the eye and can affect just one eye or both.

Symptoms of eye infections may include redness, itching, swelling, discharge, pain, or problems with vision. Treatment depends on the cause of the infection and may include compresses, eye drops, ointments or antibiotics.

 INFECCIONS

  • Bacterial Keratitis
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Eyelid Infections
  • Herpes Keratitis
  • Lens-Related Infections 

 Symptoms

 
Bacterial keratitis
Fungal keratitis
Herpes keratitis
Conjunctivitis (“pink eye”)
Eyelid infection
Reduced vision
X
       
Blurred vision  
X
X
X
 
Pain in the eye
X
X
X
X
 
Sudden pain in the eye
X
       
Increased light sensitivity
X
X
X
   
Lump on the eyelid        
X
Tearing
X
X
X
X
 
Excessive tearing or discharge from your eye
X
X
 
X
 
Crusting of the eyelashes in the morning      
X
 
Redness  
X
X
X
 
Irritation    
X
 
X
Itchiness      
X
 
Discharge    
X
X
 
Foreign body sensation      
X
 

 

Diagnosis and Prevention

Because some infections can cause serious vision impairment or even blindness, it is important to see an ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) for diagnosis. Early diagnosis is particularly important in the case of serious infections, such as bacterial keratitis. Certain eye infections are also particularly associated with contact lens use.

 

Courtesy of www.geteyesmart.org

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