If you develop symptoms like red, swollen, and itchy eyes, chances are you have an eye infection. Eye infections range from highly annoying yet not dangerous, to those that can lead to loss of vision. At the first sign of an infection, call Dr. Bryan Ma to receive expert medical care and find symptom relief. To schedule an appointment, call the doctor’s practice, Bryan Ma, O.D. Optometry in Orange, California, or use the online booking feature.
Eye infections are most often caused by bacteria or viruses that get into the eye and surrounding tissues. Fungal eye infections are rare, but when they occur, they’re more difficult to treat and can cause serious eye damage.
You can develop an infection anywhere in your eye, including the cornea, which is the clear dome that protects your eyes. However, the most common eye infection is conjunctivitis, known more commonly as pink eye.
The conjunctiva is a clear membrane found under your eyelids that covers the outer surface of your eye. When the conjunctiva is infected, it becomes red and inflamed. You’ll also develop other symptoms like itching, burning, and blurry vision.
There are two types of conjunctivitis — both are very contagious:
This eye infection is associated with the common cold because it’s caused by the same virus. It also spreads through sneezing and coughing like the common cold. The telltale sign of viral conjunctivitis is a watery discharge from your eyes, in addition to redness and other symptoms.
Bacterial conjunctivitis is usually caused by staph or strep bacteria. It’s spread through contact with an infected person, or by touching a surface contaminated with the bacteria. In addition to the usual symptoms, bacterial conjunctivitis produces a thick discharge from your eyes.
Beyond conjunctivitis, Dr. Ma often treats eye infections such as:
When it comes to eye infections, the most important thing is to come in for medical care at the first sign of a problem. Dr. Ma can help you get relief from your symptoms while also ensuring that your infection doesn’t worsen or affect your eye.
You probably won’t experience every item on this list, because your symptoms depend on the type of infection. As a general guideline, eye infections lead to symptoms such as:
If you wear contact lenses, be aware that they can increase your risk of an eye infection. If you develop symptoms of an infection, switch over to your eyeglasses temporarily and schedule an exam.
When your eyes become red or itchy, call Bryan Ma, O.D. Optometry or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.