4 Common Eye Infections.


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be notified whenever we publish a new video. Eye Infections. The eyes are complex organs with a direct
line to the brain. Their job is incredibly important, and all
the many working parts of an eye turn reflected light into the images we see. We’ve got to make it through our entire
lifetime with just the two of them. Therefore, eye health should be a top priority
if we want our eyes to last as long as possible. There are several eye diseases we really can’t
do much about and are a natural part of aging. Some of us will be affected, and others not
so much. Overall health history is a big factor regarding
eye disease later in life. However, during the rest of our lifetime though,
we are probably going to be challenged by an eye infection of one type or another. Arm yourself with the knowledge regarding
common eye infections, what to look out for and how to treat them. Sources of Eye Infections. You’ve probably already heard of bacterial
and viral eye infections, but those aren’t the end all, be all, of the story. Allergies are a huge perpetrator of eye symptoms
and infections. Eye infections can also stem from fungal sources,
though more rare than bacterial or viral. 4 Common Eye Infections. 4 Common Eye Infections. If you take a look at the four common eye
infections we list below, nearly all of them has the suffix “-itis” which basically
describes an inflammatory response to something else. Therefore, with each one of these common eye
infections you should expect to see some swelling or redness. This is how our body tells us something is
wrong and we should probably take a closer look. Other typical eye infection symptoms which
should trigger further investigation, are pain, itching, increased tearing and tinted
eye discharge. If you are experiencing any or all of these
symptoms, please seek the advice of an eye care professional sooner rather than later. 1. Conjunctivitis. More commonly referred to as “pink eye”,
conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the outermost membrane surrounding your eyeball. The resultant appearance is a pink or red
area on the whites of your eyes. Allergic conjunctivitis is usually treated
with over-the-counter antihistamines. If the origin is bacterial or fungal it is
extremely contagious. Bacterial conjunctivitis is treated with an
antibiotic, usually in the form of an eyedrop, to kill the bacteria. Fungal conjunctivitis just has to run its
course, typically 7 to 10 days. Applying a clean, warm cloth several times
a day to help with the discomfort is recommended, as well as frequent hand-washing. 2. Keratitis. When the cornea is infected it’s called
keratitis. The cornea is a clear, dome-shaped outer layer
covering the iris and pupil. The biggest risk factors for developing keratitis
are if your immune system is compromised, you use corticosteroid eyedrops for another
condition, eye injury, and if you wear contact lenses. The source of keratitis can be bacterial,
viral, fungal, traumatic, or even parasitic though rare. Antibacterial or antiviral eyedrops are the
usual course of treatment depending on which type of keratitis is to blame. 3. Stye. The medical term is hordeolum, but ‘stye’
is much easier to remember and say. It’s similar to a pimple in appearance and
usually occurs on the eyelid near the lashes. A stye is formed when an oil duct gets clogged
or an eyelash follicle gets infected. Most styes will heal on their own in about
a week and warm compresses several times a day can help alleviate the pain. A chalazion is similar to a stye but it usually
forms farther from the edge of the eyelid than a stye and they don’t typically turn
red and painful. The majority of the time they will go away
on their own. As with a pimple, doctors recommend to refrain
from trying to “pop” the stye. You could inadvertently make the infection
worse. Treatment options for resistant styes are
antibiotic ointments, steroid injections or surgical removal. 4. Blepharitis. Inflammation of the whole eyelid is called
blepharitis. It could be the top, bottom, or both, and
it is caused by clogged oil glands. It feels as though something is stuck in your
eye and you’ll notice increased tearing and probably some crusting on your eyelashes
and in the corners of your eye. You are at higher risk for blepharitis if
you have dandruff, an allergic reaction to face products (make-up, creams, etc), lice
or mites on your eyelashes or if you have a weakened immune system due to another illness. Again, treatments are similar to most of the
above approaches. A warm, wet compress, as well as corticosteroid
eyedrops, will help control the swelling, redness and pain. Additionally, antibiotics might be a recommended
course of treatment and artificial tears could help lubricate your eyes. Preventive Measures. You can’t prevent every eye infection, but
the following tips will definitely help. 1. Wash your hands frequently. 2. Try to keep from rubbing or “scratching”
your eyes if they are irritated. 3. Don’t share eye products. 4. Use proper care of contact lenses and don’t
wear them for longer than they are designed. 5. Keep up with personal hygiene. 6. Wash sheets, pillowcases, towels and face
cloths regularly. 7. Toss anything that’s been in contact with
an infected eye. Bottom line, don’t mess around when it comes
to your eyes. If you think you might have an eye infection,
go ahead and make that eye doctor appointment just to be on the safe side. Seeking treatment quickly greatly reduces
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