If your eyes are always irritated, or you have eye pain that isn’t getting better, you may have an eye infection. Dr. Mital Patel offers comprehensive diagnostics and treatment for a variety of eye infections at Classic Vision Care in Kennesaw, Marietta, and Atlanta, Georgia. Eye infections can compromise your health and vision and shouldn’t be ignored. Schedule a consultation by phone or using the online booking feature.
There are several types of eye infections, including pink eye and keratitis. Eye infections can occur in different parts of your eye, and their symptoms may affect one or both of your eyes.
Bacteria, fungi, and viruses are the most common causes of these infections, but allergies can also trigger eye problems that result in infection.
You can contract bacterial eye infections through contact with other infected persons or by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your eye. Bacterial infections can also result from other infections in your ears or your sinuses.
Viral eye infections are highly contagious and most often spread through airborne contamination, such as coughing or sneezing. Viral eye infections can also result from upper respiratory infections like a cold or the flu.
Fungal eye infections are rare and are most commonly the result of injuries to the eye by a contaminated object, including sticks or thorns.
Eye infections often have similar symptoms so it's essential to consult with Dr. Patel so that she can make an accurate diagnosis.
Common symptoms of eye infections include:
Another common type of eye infection is a stye, which causes a bump to form on your eyelid due to an infection in your eyelash follicle. Styes can create discomfort or persistent pain and may also affect your vision.
If you suspect you have an eye infection, it’s crucial you seek a diagnosis right away. Untreated infections can spread to other areas of your body and cause major eye problems, including vision loss.
Dr. Patel performs an in-depth eye exam to determine the cause of infection. She may require additional testing to confirm whether the infection is bacterial, viral, or fungal.
In many cases, Dr. Patel uses medicated eye drops or topical creams to clear up the infection. She may also prescribe oral antibiotics to treat bacterial infections.
There’s no viable treatment for viral eye infections, which should resolve on their own. Dr. Patel can help you manage your symptoms until the infection clears.
If an infection is the result of a more severe injury, Dr. Patel may refer you to a specialist for additional testing and treatment.