Eye infections can appear without much notice, causing you a lot of pain and discomfort, and making the most simple tasks simply….impossible. Some infections can actually damage your eyes if they are left untreated while others are fairly common and easy to prevent.
A few of the most common eye infections are :
- Sties – an abnormal buildup of bacteria in eyelid glands that results in a pimple-like growth
- Conjunctivitis – an infection of the lining of the eye, also known as pink eye
- Blepharitis – inflammation caused by exposure to common bacteria or man-made materials
Symptoms of these infections can include discharge, red eyes, pain, itchiness, swelling, and light sensitivity – all very unpleasant. Remove oil, bacteria, and pollen to reduce irritation by simply washing your eyes and eyelids with a cleanser recommended by a doctor, or you can use a warm eye compress or warm, wet washcloth to soothe your eyes and reduce pain and swelling.
To prevent infections in the first place, using simple good hygiene habits will reduce the chances that your eyes will be exposed to infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi. These simple everyday tips will go a long way to keeping your eyes safe:
- Wash your hands before you touch your eyes
- Avoid rubbing your eyes
- Don’t share cosmetics
- If an eye infection starts developing, replace all cosmetics and applicators
- Avoid smoke exposure as well as exposure to chemical fumes and other irritating substances
- Remove makeup before bed
- Clean your contact lenses and casing per eye doctor instructions; don’t wear contacts overnight
- Replace your contact case every three months
- Keep your bedding, towels, and clothing clean
If any of your eye infection symptoms persist longer than 7 to 10 days or if they get worse, visit your eye doctor immediately. A more serious condition could be developing, and your eye care professional will need to give you an accurate diagnosis. Here at Classic Vision Care, we care about you, and we want to help you avoid the pain and discomfort that you can experience when your eyes are affected by infection. Call us today for help!