Some common symptoms of the more widespread eye infections include:
- Discharge (watery or mucus-like with a viral infection, thick and white/yellow/green with a bacterial infection), which may cause the eyelid to crust over
- A scratchy feeling on the cornea
- Sensation of something being stuck in the eye
- Photosensitivity (aversion to bright light)
- Bloodshot eyes, where tiny blood vessels are visible
- Eye watering
- Swollen eyelids
Some possible eye infections include conjunctivitis (where the conjunctiva becomes inflamed), blepharitis (affecting the eyelid), keratitis (the cornea), vitritis (the liquid inside the eye), chorioretinitis (the retina and related blood vessels), or neuroetinitis (the optic nerve).
Infectious conjunctivitis, which is usually caused by bacterial, viral, or fungal infection, is the most common form of eye infection. Other infections that can cause inflammation of different parts of the eye include STIs (such as syphilis and gonorrhea), tuberculosis, Lyme disease, certain parasites, or mycosis (a general term for a fungal infection).
What to do next
Even if your symptoms are mild, it is a good idea to get your eyes checked by a doctor to ensure that you are getting proper treatment. Make an appointment to see one of our team by calling or using our online booking system today.
Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes. Regular washing of your hands is important to stop the infection from spreading. It is also a good idea to avoid sharing pillow cases, towels, and make-up.
Swimming pools usually contain chlorine, which kills the bacteria that cause infection. If you are swimming in a dirty or unchlorinated pool, you could be more at risk of developing an eye infection.
Eye infections are usually treated with prescription antibiotics, eye drops, ointments, or compresses, depending on the doctor’s evaluation of your case.