Eye infections are unpleasant to contend with, especially when they're accompanied by discharge, pain, or irritation. Fortunately, at Executive Eye Care in Houston, we can help patients who are suffering from eye infections to prevent any complications.
Pink eye is a generalized term for redness in your eye. It's commonly associated with a bacterial or viral infection of the conjunctiva -- the clear tissue over the white of your eye. It's known to cause a gritty sensation and in cases where it's from an infection, it's contagious.
Infections from a Foreign Object
Bacteria can enter any openings, even ones you can see, and cause an infection. Foreign objects often introduce bacteria in and around the eyes.
Your cornea is the transparent portion of your eye that covers the pupil and iris. A sore could form on it, known as a corneal ulcer. It most often stems from an eye infection. Corneal ulcers may cause tearing, redness, discharge, or sensitivity to light.
Contact-Related Eye Infections
You may develop an eye infection from your contacts, but it's typically from improper use or care. Most often, this type of eye infection stems from a person sleeping in his or her contacts, wearing contacts for extended periods, improperly caring for the contacts, or reusing contact solution. It doesn't help that contacts can decrease your tear exchange during use.
With this type of infection, you may have pain, burning, itching, swelling, or redness. You might notice your vision is blurry, or your eyes are tearing more than usual. Discharge is also possible. Your eyes may also feel like you continuously have something in them.
How Our Eye Doctor Helps
When you visit our optometrist, you will receive a thorough eye evaluation. Dr. Murrell will want to know about any symptoms you're experiencing and what could have triggered the event. Further testing may be necessary to look for a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection.
In some cases, we may be able to treat the infection with medication. In other cases, though, the optometrist will educate you about at-home care that will keep you comfortable as you heal. For instance, your eye care might include placing a warm compress on your eye.
Contact Our Eye Doctor in Houston, TX
If you have signs of an eye infection, contact Executive Eye care, serving Houston and the general vicinity. Call our team today at (713) 225-2600 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.