Dealing With Eye Infections

Anyone who’s suffered from eye infections knows that they’re annoying. But they probably don’t know that they can also be dangerous.

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While they don’t always require “opthalmology care” or the expertise of Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation, they shouldn’t be neglected.

How Eye Infections Happen

Eye infections are caused by fungi, bacteria, and viruses and can affect the interior or the surface of the eye.

Although fungus infections tend to be more rare, they can be quite serious. One way fungus causes eye infection is through dirty contact lenses. So make sure to clean them well.

Symptoms

There are many symptoms for eye infections. Common symptoms include:

  • Swollen eyes or swollen areas around the eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Itching eyes
  • Pain by the eyes
  • Seeing blurry
  • Dryness in the eyes

Preventing Eye Infections

Thankfully, there’s a lot you can do to prevent an eye infection in the first place.

The first step is hygiene. Make sure your hands are clean when you touch your eyes especially if you’re near someone with a red eye. In such a scenario, make sure to wash your hands with soap before touching your eyes or lenses.

Another good hygienic principle is to avoid using linen or towels that someone with an eye infection had used.

Then there are guidelines for contact lens-wearers, like not sleeping with them and removing them before going swimming.

Treating Eye Infections

If you have an infection you need to get it treated. First, visit your doctor. Many viral eye infections go away on their own. So your doctor may just tell you to wait for it to pass. But this isn’t always the case.

Fortunately for infections that require treatment, there are a variety of medications available ranging from drops to creams to antibiotics. Depending on your condition, your doctor will see which treatment is right for you.

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