Think about the number of times a day that you touch germ-laden surfaces: door handles, countertops, tabletops, and other areas. Now consider how often you touch your eyes. Eye infections are typically caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungus. Here are three common infections to look out for, and ways to treat them.
Without a doubt, this is the most common type of eye infection and it is highly contagious. It’s caused by bacteria getting into the eye through the thin membrane that covers the white of the eye. The first symptom may be your eye turning pink, followed by itching, and a watery or thick discharge. You may also experience swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or around your ear.
If you may have thick, sticky white or yellow discharge from the eye, it’s best to see your doctor. Antibiotics will be prescribed to help clear up the infection. Don’t rub your eyes, keep your hands clean, and don’t wear contacts.
A stye is a bump on the eyelid caused by an infected eyelash follicle or a blocked gland. It will often go away by itself but can be treated with simple home remedies. A warm washcloth, washing the eye area with mild soap and water, acetaminophen or ibuprofen, or a warm tea bag placed on the eye often bring relief. Avoid using makeup or wearing contacts. Don’t pick at the area, which can introduce additional bacteria. If the infection doesn’t improve within a couple of days, see your doctor.
3. Staph or strep infections (corneal bacterial infections)
These infections can occur when there’s been some damage or a tear in the cornea. It can be caused by dirty contact lenses or transmission from another person. If you suspect this type of infection, see your eye doctor. Left untreated, a staph or strep infection can result in scarring.
The experts at See Island Eyecare can provide you with information about the best ways to prevent an eye infection and can treat an infection to eliminate it as quickly as possible. You don’t have to wait for an eye infection. Contact us today and get the best care to help you maintain good eye health.