Eye infections occur when bacteria, fungi, or viruses infect the eyeball or the area surrounding it. People of all ages are susceptible to eye infections. Those who wear eye glasses, specifically those who don’t regularly clean them, are more at risk due to bacteria or fungal buildup.
The most common eye infection is conjunctivitis (or pink eye), an inflammation or swelling of the conjunctiva. The infection is highly contagious and is most common in children. Conjunctivitis can be caused by viral infections usually associated with the common cold, bacterial infections such as staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria, and allergic reactions. Although less common, conjunctivitis can also be spread through STDS, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.
SYMPTOMS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS
For viral conjunctivitis, discharge is more watery. For bacterial conjunctivitis, discharge is thicker and can be white, yellow, or green.
Other less common types of eye infections include keratitis, sty, and more. Keratitis is an infection of the cornea, and a sty is a lump on the outer, and sometimes inner, part of your eyelid.
SYMPTOMS OF KERATITIS/OTHER FRONTAL EYE INFECTIONS
If you notice symptoms of an eye infection, call or visit one of our conveniently located clinics.