Eye Infections are eye ailments caused by bacterial, viral, or fungal agents. There are many different types of eye infections, with different causes and treatments.
People who wear contact lenses are particularly susceptible to eye infections due to the decrease in oxygen reaching their corneas and due to bacterial or fungal buildup caused by failure to properly disinfect their contact lenses.
Eye infections can affect one or both eyes, and can occur in people of all ages. Symptoms can include irritation, redness, discharge, and reduced vision.
Eye infections are usually self-limiting, and most resolve with minimal or no treatment. Occasionally, they don’t resolve quickly, and lead to more severe problems that require some type of medication for treatment. Not all eye infections are dangerous, but some require a doctor’s immediate attention. If you believe you have an eye infection, you should seek the advice of an eye-care professional.
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Styes result from clogged oil ducts and can be extremely painful. Sometimes they result in an infection. Prompt treatment is required otherwise they can harden into something called a chalazion, which requires surgical drainage.
Double vision is not normal and could be indicative of something serious. It can also be caused by less worrisome things such as cataracts or an uncorrected spectacle prescription. Please consult your Optometrist immediately if you are experiencing sudden double vision.