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An eye infection can occur when an individual is exposed to bacteria, viruses or fungi that invade eye tissues and begin to reproduce. The cornea or conjunctiva, the moist membrane that lines the outer and inner eyelids are usually involved. You can acquire an eye infection from microorganisms in the environment or from other people. Eye infections can be quite uncomfortable and can easily affect your ability to work and play.
An eye infection will generally produce a number of symptoms that can range from mild to severe.Eye discharge, redness, itching, blurred vision, swelling of the eyes, watering, light sensitivity and pain are common signs of symptoms you may experience with an eye infection. If you notice these symptoms, contact your eye doctor immediately for diagnosis of the problem and appropriate treatment. If you wear contact lenses, you should switch to eyeglasses until you see your optometrist for diagnosis and treatment.
Conjunctivitis often called “pink eye ” is one of the more common eye infections the general population encounters. It is a highly contagious infection that is caused by bacteria or viruses, passed along by close contact with other people.
Fungal keratitis is another type of infection, it can be transmitted by contaminated contact lens cleaning solutions or from a scratch injury from something like a tree branch.
Viral keratitis conditions, such as ocular herpes, can result from exposure to the Herpes simplex virus.
Optometrists complete a four-year doctorate program in optometry, often with post-doctorate training in specific areas of eye care. They are trained to diagnose and provide eye treatment for infections, in addition to offering other services to ensure your eye health. Your OptimEyes eye doctor will check for infections routinely as part of your regular eye exams.
Dr. Seema Mohana and the staff at OptimEyes OD are committed to providing superior eye care to patients of Ashburn, VA, and surrounding areas. We offer eye exams, eyeglass fitting, contact lens fitting, multifocal lenses, sports glasses, pediatric care, treatment for age-related diseases and common infections, as well as LASIK eye surgery consultation and co-management. We also provide emergency eye care. Learn why OptimEyes OD is known for its professional service and customer care. Contact OptimEyes in Ashburn today at (703) 687-4719 for an appointment to learn the best ways to ensure your eye health.