While eye infections are highly treatable by a qualified optometrist, they can be annoying and painful. At Eye-Site of Boynton Beach, our optometrist will help you keep your eyes as healthy as possible. Read on to learn more about eye infections and how we treat them.
Common Eye Infections
Most people have an eye infection at some point in their life. Common eye infections we treat at our office include:
- Hordeolum: (Commonly known as a stye) is a bump located near the eyelashes. It occurs as a result of a clogged eyelid gland that may become infected. While a stye doesn't typically cause vision problems, it can be very uncomfortable. Symptoms include a localized bump with tenderness, redness, and swelling.
- Conjunctivitis: (Also known as pink eye) is incredibly common, especially among school-age children. Telltale signs of conjunctivitis include itchy, watery, red eyes, as well as a gooey crust on the eye upon waking in the morning. When this condition is caused by viruses or bacteria, it can be very contagious.
- Keratitis: This condition involves the cornea of the eye. Keratitis can occur as a result of a parasitic, bacterial, or viral infection. Contact lens wearers are more likely to contract this infection after wearing contact lenses in a pool or a hot tub. Symptoms include redness, foreign body sensation, pain when blinking and sensitivity to lights.
Eye Infection Treatment
If you notice signs/symptoms similar to what is described above, you may have an eye infection. You should seek treatment from an optometrist right away, as many eye infections can eventually cause vision problems, and in severe cases, vision loss. Treatment for eye infections is often as simple as using prescription eye drops for a few days. When you come in for your appointment, we'll talk with you to understand your symptoms, examine your eye to find the cause of your discomfort, and come up with a treatment plan to help restore your eyes to their healthy state.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist for Eye Infection Treatment in Boynton Beach, FL
If you think you may be dealing with an eye infection or simply need a vision checkup, it's time to make an appointment with our eye doctor. Call Eye Site today at (561) 738-0111 for more information or to schedule an appointment.