Eye Infections

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a million cases of eye infections are reported in the United States every year. While most eye infections will clear up on their own within a week or two, it's important to know how Curtis R Anderson, O.D. in Lawrence, KS, can help you fully recover from an eye infection to prevent health problems later in life.  

Eye Infections

Symptoms of Eye Infections

The symptoms of an eye infection will depend on the type of infection you have. However, some common symptoms include:

  • Redness and swelling of the eye
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Itching or burning sensation in the eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light

Causes of Eye Infections

A few different things can cause an eye infection, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Some of the most common causes include:

Trachoma

Trachoma is a bacterial eye infection that's common in developing countries. It's usually spread through contact with infected bodily fluids, such as saliva, mucus, or blood.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is a highly contagious viral infection. It's usually spread through contact with respiratory secretions, such as saliva or mucus.

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids caused by bacteria or skin conditions like dandruff.

Keratitis

Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea, which is the clear outer layer of the eye. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or a foreign object in the eye.

Stye

A stye is a bacterial infection of the eyelid that usually occurs when there's a blockage in one of the small oil glands in the eyelid.

Treating Eye Infections

The treatment for an eye infection will depend on the type of infection you have. However, some common treatments include:

Antibiotics

Our eye doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics if you have a bacterial infection. These can be in the form of eye drops, ointments, or pills.

Steroids

If you have a viral infection, our doctor may prescribe steroids to help reduce the inflammation. These can be in the form of eye drops or pills.

Antifungal Medication

Our optometrist will likely prescribe antifungal medication if you have a fungal infection. This can be in eye drops, ointments, or pills.

Warm Compresses

Our eye doctor may recommend using warm compresses to help reduce the swelling for some types of infections.

Visit Us for Eye Infection Treatment from Our Lawrence Optometrist

If you think you may have an eye infection, it's important to see our optometrist right away. At Curtis R Anderson, O.D. in Lawrence, KS, we can help diagnose and treat your eye infection. Call us at (785) 843-8200 to book an appointment with us today!