Common causes of eye infections include fungi, viruses, and bacteria that invade various parts of an eye. Eye infections are agonizing and, if not treated properly, can seriously impact your vision. Our optometrists understand that each eye infection is distinct and requires a unique approach. Our eye doctors at Henderson Eye Center in Henderson, TX, provide unparalleled eye care to the community.
Signs and Symptoms of an Eye Infection
- Reddish or pinkish colored eyes
- Excessively teary eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Swollen eyes
- Painful eyes
- Abnormally thick discharge from your eyes
- Blurred vision
- Partial or complete vision loss
- Light sensitivity
- Eyelid oiliness
- Crustiness on the eyelids
Common Eye Infections
- Conjunctivitis: also known as pink eye, is a common eye infection caused by a virus or bacteria. It occurs when the blood vessels in the conjunctiva become infected.
- Keratitis: occurs when the cornea becomes inflamed due to an injury or is infected by bacteria, fungi, a virus, or a parasite.
- Endophthalmitis: is a painful inflammation found in the inner part of the eye caused by fungi or bacteria.
- Blepharitis: these are inflamed eyelids caused by clogged oil glands in the eyelids following a bacterial infection.
- Sty: also known as a hordeolum, it appears like a pimple on the outer part of your eyelid. It is caused by clogged oil glands, providing a breeding ground for harmful bacteria.
- Uveitis: occurs when your eye’s uvea (the central layer of the eyeball that transmits visual data to the brain) becomes infected and inflamed.
- Cellulitis: affects the eyelids and is caused by an injury to eye tissues or infectious bacteria.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Eye Infections
Our optometrists will start by going through your medical history before examining the eye infection. The diagnosis may include assessing a sample of the affected area to determine the type of eye disorder. Once the eye doctor establishes the underlying cause of the eye infection, we will create a personalized treatment plan depending on the severity of your condition. Some treatment options include antibiotic eye drops, ointments, eye compresses, and oral medication.
Contact Our Eye Doctors at Henderson Eye Center
If your eyes are swollen, red, or feel itchy, you are likely suffering from an eye infection. Our optometrists at Henderson Eye Center are here to provide the treatment you need to deal with eye infections. Call our team today at (903) 657-1539 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.