Get the Red Out: Common Eye Infections

Get the Red Out: Common Eye Infections

At Broberg Eye Care, we proudly offer a comprehensive selection of quality eye care services, ranging from advanced laser eye surgery and cataract surgery to the treatment of virtually every known eye condition, disorder, and disease. Dr. Peter Broberg, Dr. Halsey Settle, and Dr. William McGlathery lead a team of caring, experienced, highly trained eye care professionals who combine to provide a patient-centered experience that no other vision care practice can match.

Although we offer the most advanced treatments available in ophthalmology, we are also pleased to accommodate patients with their basic eye care needs, including common eye infections. At Broberg Eye Care in Austin, common eye infections are treated with the same attention to detail and high-quality care as all other eye conditions.

If you or someone you love is suffering from any of the symptoms of an eye infection, it is important that you seek treatment right away. While eye infections are generally easy to treat in their early stages, they can pose serious problems if left untreated. In severe cases, they can even lead to blindness. Even if you feel that your eye infection is only mild, we urge you to visit our practice today.

What are the symptoms of the most common eye infections?

Everyone experiences redness of the eye from time to time. Usually this redness subsides, perhaps after a good night’s sleep or through the use of artificial tears. However, don’t make the mistake of assuming that persistent redness is “nothing to worry about.” It is the most common symptom of an eye infection. If you experience redness that does not clear up after a few hours, you should seek treatment, especially if it is accompanied by such symptoms as:

  • Discomfort or pain
  • Itching
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Watery eyes
  • Flaky eyelid skin
  • Mucous-like discharge from the eyes
  • Blurred or double vision

What are the most common types of eye infections?

The most common types of eye infections include conjunctivitis, blepharitis, ocular herpes, and acanthamoeba keratitis.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as “pink eye,” is a highly contagious eye infection that is often caused by the same virus as the common cold, but can also be caused by several forms of bacteria. Conjunctivitis is the most common type of eye infection and is fairly easy to treat with medications. It generally subsides within five days, with more severe cases lasting between a week and ten days.

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an infection not of the eyes, themselves, but of the eyelids. This infection results in flaking, itching, and redness of the eyelid skin.

Ocular Herpes

Ocular herpes can take several possible forms, ranging from the relatively benign to the extremely dangerous, with stromal keratitis – the most severe form of ocular herpes – being one of the leading causes of blindness among adults in the United States.

Acanthamoeba Keratitis

This form of eye infection is typical among people who wear contact lenses but do not exercise proper care in handling or cleaning their lenses.

Learn More about the Treatment of Common Eye Infections

To learn more about the treatment of common eye infections, please contact Broberg Eye Care today.

By | 2018-04-18T09:24:50+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Eye Care|