Laguna Hills, CA ophthalmologist shares tips for prevention and treatment of eye infection
While eyes have amazing capacity to heal, they are delicate. Dr. George Salib shares this information to help you enjoy healthy eyes and clear vision. His practice, the Orange County Eye Institute in Laguna Hills, CA, is well equipped to provide treatment for eye infection, disease, and disorders.
Common eye infections and potential complications
Many eye infections begin as a minor annoyance. Without professional attention, however, they can develop in to serious conditions that are painful and unattractive. A severe or advanced eye infection may cause a reduction in vision or loss of sight. Contagious infections can spread to the second eye or be transmitted to other people.
These following eye infections are treated frequently at the Orange County Eye Institute:
- Allergies – While technically not eye infections, allergies can trigger uncomfortable symptoms that affect eyes and vision. Eye sensitivity, itching, and discharge from allergies mimic more serious infections, so it is important to see the ophthalmologist right away for accurate diagnosis.
- Blepharitis – When eyes itch and burn, vision is blurred, and eyelids (upper, lower, or both) look swollen, it could be blepharitis. This condition is usually due to a malfunction of glands in eyelids that secret oils to keep eyes lubricated. It is treated with steroids to reduce inflammation and antibiotic to fight infection. Extra attention to hygiene and use of hypoallergenic skin care products reduces risk of recurring irritation.
- Conjunctivitis – Children often pass this contagious infection known as “pink eye.” Fecal bacteria are generally the culprit, inflaming the white portion (conjunctiva membrane) of eyes. While symptoms – redness, watery discharge, lids sticking together, light sensitivity, and pain – can be quite unpleasant, conjunctivitis is easily treated with medication.
- Corneal ulcer – Contact lenses can fungus, bacteria, or viruses. Resulting infection creates a small depression in the cornea. Vision is blurred, the eye is sensitive to light, and you may feel like there is something in it. Ophthalmologic treatment includes steroids and antibiotics, and you should stop wearing contact lenses until the eye is fully healed.
- Staph and strep infections – Although corneas are resistant to infection, certain bacterial and viral pathogens can breach natural defenses, sometimes through a scratch or other injury to the eye. Corneal infection may be the result of touching your eye or wearing dirty contact lenses. The eye becomes red and vision blurs. A course of antibiotic eye drops works to clear the infection and keep it from coming back.
- Sty (sometimes spelled “stye”) – Eyelashes grow from follicles, just like hair elsewhere on your body. When an eyelash follicle becomes infected from staphylococcal bacteria, a small, firm bump develops – red and very tender. If left untreated, the surrounding area may become inflamed, too. In a sterile clinical environment, Dr. Salib may open the sty to relieve discomfort, then treat the infection.
Protecting your eyes
The most important step you can take to protect your vision is scheduling a comprehensive eye examination at the Orange County Eye Institute every year. During this thorough evaluation, Dr. Salib may identify concerns even before you experience symptoms. Early detection allows eye conditions to be treated promptly, for reduced discomfort and expense and the best possible outcome.
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Sensible hygiene includes washing hands often (especially after bathroom use) with antibacterial soap, and keeping them away from eyes. Remove eye makeup and wash your face thoroughly before bedtime. Do not share makeup. Wash cosmetic applicators frequently with antibacterial soap and a dip in rubbing alcohol. Do not share eye medications or eye drops. Do not try someone else’s eyeglasses or contact lenses. Clean and store contact lenses properly, and do not sleep in them unless your ophthalmologist says it is okay to do so.
When outdoors, protect eyes from UV exposure and dust with good quality sunglasses. Wear safety glasses at work and at home during any activity that could result in eye injury.
Seeking treatment for eye infection in Laguna Hills, CAMake an appointment with Dr. Salib immediately if experience:
- Swelling, redness, or bumps in or around the eyes
- Discomfort, scratchiness, itching, or pain
- Matter or discharge from one or both eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Vision changes
- Headaches or dizziness
Why choose the Orange County Eye Institute? Dr. Salib is a Board-certified ophthalmologist with years of experience treating eye conditions of all complexities, and he has expertise in leading-edge vision correction surgeries. His office is equipped with state of the art instrumentation, aiding in accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. The entire team is committed to compassionate patient care and service.
New patients are welcome at the Orange County Eye Institute. Call(949) 441-5444 to schedule your appointment.
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