As with any other part of your body, your eyes are vulnerable to infection, requiring immediate medical attention to safeguard the health of your eyes. As a therapeutic optometrist, Dr. Diana Ngo is licensed to treat eye infections of all kinds, helping her patients at Ella Eyes avoid potential complications from unattended eye infections. If you’re in the Houston area and you suspect you may have an eye infection, don’t delay in calling to set up an appointment. Or, you can use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
Eye Infections Q & A
What are the most common eye infections?
Infections can strike almost anywhere, including in your eyes. Most eye infections involve your:
- Conjunctiva (the thin layers inside your eyelids and on the surface of your eye)
These infections include:
- Conjunctivitis, or pink eye
- Keratitis, which affects your cornea
- Stye, which is an infection in the glands that produce oil
- Fungal infections, which are very uncommon
- Uveitis : Which affects the middle layer of your eye and is commonly associated with inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
What are the symptoms of an eye infection?
Since numerous infections can affect your eyes, there’s also a wide range of associated symptoms. Still, any time you experience any of the following, it’s always a good idea to get checked out by Dr. Ngo:
- Swollen and red eyelids
- Itchy eyes
- Pain or burning
- Sensitivity to light
- A lump under your eyelid
- A sensation of something in your eye, even when there isn’t
- Discharge from your eye that’s green or yellow
- Crusty eyelashes, especially when you wake up
You are the best judge of what’s normal with your eyes, so if you’re experiencing anything that doesn’t feel quite right, it’s always better to be proactive and make an appointment at Ella Eyes.
How are eye infections treated?
When it comes to eye infections, the first order of business is to diagnose the root of the problem to treat it properly. As a licensed therapeutic optometrist, Dr. Ngo has considerable experience in identifying and treating eye infections.
After an examination and a review of your symptoms, Dr. Ngo evaluates the infection and comes up with a treatment plan that may include:
- Prescription antibiotics
- Eye drops
- Warm compresses to unclog your glands
Please note that if you wear contact lenses, you may have to suspend their use until your infection clears up.
It’s vital that you seek medical intervention at the first signs of an eye infection since, like most infections, they can progress causing more widespread damage. With early intervention, Dr. Ngo can help you quickly resolve the problem.