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Your eyes are a delicate and important organ and an infection to the eye may lead to more serious complications, even blindness if not appropriately treated by your optometrist in Elkton & Clarksville. There are a variety of factors responsible for causing an eye infection, but most types of eye infections are caused by viruses, fungus or bacteria. Certain types of eye infections are common, while other types are rare. Here are the different types of eye infections, the symptoms of an eye infection and the available treatment options.
An eye infection can be caused by various things, such as touching your eyes with dirty hands, certain medical conditions and dirty contact lenses. People using contact lenses are actually more vulnerable to an eye infection, because of the continuous wearing the lenses, especially without disinfecting, which provides a better opportunity for bacterial growth. It is common for people to mistake an eye infection for a cold or allergies since the symptoms are often similar. If you have changes in your eyes that you assume are due to a cold or allergies, it is important to visit Sites Vision Clinic for an exam to determine why you are experiencing the symptoms. Some of the types of an eye infection include:
It is important to know and recognize the signs and symptoms of an eye infection so you don’t mistake the symptoms of allergies or another condition. Mistaking an eye infection for something else will prevent you from seeking medical attention from your optometrist in Elkton & Clarksville, which means a delay in treatment and the symptoms worsen. Symptoms of an eye infection may include:
The treatment for an eye infection depends on the type and cause of the eye infection. A visit to Sites Vision Clinic will allow your optometrist to exam your eye and determine the best treatment option for you, which typically involves the use of eye drops. Your optometrist may also talk with you about certain dietary supplements and/or personal hygiene that may play a role in the prevention of eye infections. It is important to keep in mind that eye infections are typically transferable from person to person, so it is extremely important to wash your hands before touching your eyes, especially after being in public places.
If you suspect you may have an eye infection, contact Sites Vision Clinic today to schedule an exam at (931) 647-5237.
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