Eye Infections & Injuries​

What is an Eye Infection?​

An eye infection is a disease of the eye caused by bacteria, virus, fungus or parasites.

The most common eye infection is conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. While viruses are the main cause of pink eye, bacteria can also be a cause. If you have an eye infection caused by these small organisms, you should avoid contact with other people until you have received treatment. They can be highly contagious.  

Eye infections can occur in one eye or both and can affect any part of the eye. Typically, most causes of pink eye are self limited and don’t cause permanent vision loss. However, some infections can be medical emergencies that could cause vision loss. Contact us today to schedule an appointment if you have an eye infection.

Photo of woman putting in eye drops for an eye infection or eye injury.

What causes Eye Infections?

Bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites entering the eye are the main cause of infections. These small organisms can get into your eyes in various ways, including environmental contact or eye injuries. Eye infections may also be caused by sleeping in your contact lenses or not taking proper care of them.  

How We Treat Eye Infections
Treatment will depend on what is causing the infection. Eye drops, ointments, or oral medications are commonly prescribed. Most eye drops for common infections can be effective within a few days.

What is an Eye Injury?​

An eye injury may include scratches, bruises, or punctures caused by accidents, exposure to chemicals, or foreign objects in the eye.

If you have an eye injury, contact us immediately to schedule an appointment. Some injuries may heal with rest, but others could cause serious damage to your eye and vision loss.  

What causes Eye Injuries?

Sports injuries, accidents, and getting foreign objects in your eye are common causes of an eye injury. These can lead to pain, swelling, redness, and other symptoms. Eye injuries can cause you to see flashes of light and experience vision loss.

How We Treat Eye Injuries

If you have injured your eye, contact us right away to schedule an appointment. Treatment will depend on the severity of the injury and surgery may be required for serious cases. For minor eye injuries, we may prescribe eye drops and advise you to rest to let it heal. If chemicals or irritants have caused your injury, flush the eye with clean water or saline for approximately 15 minutes. Then, call us to make an appointment so we may examine the eye for damage and prescribe a treatment method.

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