One of the most common eye problems treated by Manhattan eye doctor James R. Kelly, MD is eye infections. There are a number of different types of eye infections, but none should be ignored. Eye infections can be contagious and, if left untreated, can lead to serious vision problems including a complete loss of sight.
Eye Infection Symptoms
The symptoms of eye infections will depend largely on the type of infection you have. Some of the symptoms common to most eye infections include:
- Increased tearing or discharge from the eye
- Crusty formation along the eyelid
These symptoms may appear in one or both eyes and may even switch from one to the other. Eye infections are more common among children who may not yet have learned how to keep hands clean and away from the eye area. If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, one of our New York eye doctors can help diagnose the problem and begin the proper treatment.
Eye Infection Treatments
Treating eye infections will depend on the type of infection you or your child has. Viral eye infections may clear up on their own, but bacterial eye infections may require medications such as antibiotics.
With or without prescription medications, there are steps you can take at home to help increase your body’s healing response to an eye infection. With both viral and bacterial eye infections steps taken at home will include:
- Applying a clean, cool compress to the eyes for ten minutes several times a day
- Applying a clean, warm compress to the eyes several times a day
- Using over-the-counter or prescription eye drops
Cool compresses will help with itching, swelling, and pain. Warm compresses can help with eyelid crust. Eye drops can help relieve dryness and itchiness. The right combination of at-home treatments will be dependent on the type of eye infection being treated. This will be discussed with you in full during your appointment.
If you or your child is suffering from an eye infection in or around the areas of Long Island or New York City, please contact Kelly Laser Center to schedule an appointment today.