Your eyes can get infections from bacteria, fungi or viruses and eye infections can occur in different parts of the eye and can affect just one eye or both. At our Spring Valley Optometry office, Glenn Roter, OD offers expert treatment of eye infections using the most advanced instruments such as the Reichert digital vision chart which ensures an accurate eye exam. One common eye infection is Conjunctivitis, also known as pinkeye. Children frequently get it and it is highly contagious. Another common infection is a Stye, a bump on the eyelid that happens when bacteria from your skin gets into the hair follicle of an eyelash. Symptoms of some eye infections may include redness, swelling, itching, discharge, pain, or problems with vision. Treatment depends on the cause of the infection but the contagious nature of these infections must be taken seriously, especially with children playing and at school.
Contact lens wearers are at risk of encountering parasites that invade the eye and cause a serious sight-threatening infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis. This is why our Spring Valley Optometrist, Dr. Roter, educates their contact lens wearing patients to be aware and observe and practice certain safety tips, such as avoiding swimming while wearing contacts. If you do wear contact lenses when swimming or relaxing in a hot tub, make sure you remove and disinfect your lenses immediately afterward.
Fortunately, most common bacterial eye infections clear up with prompt treatment such as prescription antibiotic eye drops, ointments, and compresses. Many common viral eye infections resolve on their own but in cases of severe viral eye infections, an antiviral eye drop may be prescribed. Some viral eye infections will require careful administration of steroid eye drops, at our Continued by Dr. Roter, to reduce related inflammation. You can prevent eye infections by washing your hands before touching your eyes or eyelids and before handling contact lenses.
Depending on the underlying cause of your eye infection, Dr. Roter whose optometry practice is within Walmart Vision Center located in Spring Valley may also prescribe antibiotics or antiviral medications that are taken orally. If your symptoms change or worsen, contact Dr. Roter immediately.