Eye Care & Surgery
Ophthalmologists & Optometrists located in New York City, NY & The Bronx, NY
Red, itchy, painful eyes can be a sign of an eye infection. Some eye infections, like conjunctivitis (pink eye), are very common and can be contagious if left untreated. For compassionate care and the best treatment for eye infections, visit Eye Care & Surgery. The practice has two convenient New York City locations in Washington Heights in Manhattan and another near the GrandConcourse in the Bronx, right across the street from Yankee Stadium. To make an eye appointment, call your nearest Eye Care & Surgery office or book an appointment online today.
What is an eye infection?
Bacteria, viruses, or fungi can get into your eyes and cause infection. Any part of your eye can get infected, including the eyelid, cornea, or conjunctiva. Eye infections can develop in one or both of your eyes.
Some of the most common eye infections are conjunctivitis, keratitis, and styes. One type of conjunctivitis, also known as “pink eye”, is an infection of the conjunctiva. It’s called “pink eye” because it often gives your eye a pink tint.
Keratitis is a corneal infection. This is one of the most common types of eye infections for contact lens wearers. A stye is a painful bump on your eyelid, near your eyelashes. Bacteria in an oil gland in the skin of the eyelid margin cause styes.
What are the symptoms of an eye infection?
The symptoms of eye infection depend on the part of your eye that’s infected. Common symptoms include:
- Burning sensation
- Watery eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Feeling like there’s an object in the eye
If you wear contact lenses, you may have trouble continuing to wear them if you have an eye infection. Some people notice their vision gets blurry when they have an eye infection.
Sometimes, allergens in your environment can cause allergic reactions. Allergies can cause symptoms of eye infection, so getting a proper diagnosis is important to find the best treatment to eliminate your symptoms.
How are eye infections treated?
Most eye infections heal quickly with proper treatment. The team at Eye Care & Surgery can recommend a variety of treatments that may include:
- Eye drops
- Eye ointment
- Oral medication
Be sure to follow the doctor’s directions and finish any prescription even as symptoms subside. You shouldn’t wear contact lenses until the eye infection is gone.
How can I prevent an eye infection?
There are a number of steps you can take to help keep your eyes healthy, and your Eye Care & Surgery doctor explains how to avoid eye infections during your visit.
For example, wash your hands regularly, and avoid touching your eyes and face when your hands are dirty. You also want to avoid sharing eye makeup with others.
If you wear contact lenses, you’re at increased risk of developing an eye infection. To protect your eyes, you should disinfect your contacts daily and wash your hands before putting in or taking out your contacts.
If someone you know has conjunctivitis, try not to touch them. Conjunctivitis is one of the most contagious eye infections and can easily spread through physical contact.
Don’t wait to get treatment if you think you have an eye infection. Visit the experts at Eye Care & Surgery for the best diagnosis and treatment. Call the office for an appointment or book online.
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