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Eye Infections

An infection of the eye can present in many different ways. What part of your eye is showing symptoms – not to mention what symptoms are showing— is a good way to determine the type of infection and appropriate treatment. If you have an eye infection, you may notice symptoms on the eyelid, the cornea (the clear surface that covers the iris), or the conjunctiva (moistened areas covering the inner eyelids and white part of the eye). Eye infections can affect one or both eyes. Common eye infections are: conjunctivitis (pink eye), Uveitis (inflammation of the uvea), fungal eye infections, keratitis (inflammation of the cornea), and styes.

Symptoms of an Eye Infection

  • Pain or discomfort
  • Itchy eye
  • Light sensitivity
  • Burning sensation
  • Painful lump under the eyelid or at base of eyelashes
  • Tenderness of the eye
  • Persistent tearing
  • Sensation that something is stuck in the eye
  • Discharge
  • Pink coloring in the white part of the eye
  • Swollen or discolored eyelids
  • Crusty lashes and eyelids
  • Blurred vision
  • Fever

Diagnosis & Treatment of an Eye Infection

Your doctor will examine and diagnose an eye infection. A tissue or fluid sample from your eye may be needed for an accurate diagnosis. Based on the diagnosis and the root cause, your doctor may prescribe oral medication, cream, or eyedrops. If you regularly wear contact lenses, do not wear them until your infection has been treated.