Eye Infection

Eyecare Professionals

Optometrists located in Mandan, Hazen & Washburn, ND

Itchy, red, and painful eyes could be a sign of an eye infection. Eye infections can develop when bacteria, fungus, or a virus enters your eye. Common infections include pink eye and styes, and they can be contagious if left untreated. If you find yourself with an eye infection, get effective treatment day or night at Eyecare Professionals. With locations in Mandan, Hazen, and Washburn, North Dakota, you can conveniently get care for eye infections and emergencies. Call the location closest to you to learn more or book an appointment online.

Eye Infection Q & A

What is an eye infection?

Your eyes have natural defense mechanisms to keep them healthy. Your eyelids and eyelashes protect your eyes from the environment and tears wash away foreign objects. But sometimes, bacteria, fungi, or viruses can get into your eye and cause infection.

An eye infection can develop in any part of your eye, including your eyelid, cornea, and conjunctiva — a thin layer covering the inside of your eyelids. Two very common eye infections are pinkeye and styes. 

Pinkeye is highly contagious and develops when the conjunctiva gets infected and turns the whites of your eyes pink. Styes are small, painful bumps under your eyelid or along your lash line that form when oil glands get clogged.

What are the signs of an eye infection?

Eye infections are generally easy to recognize. You might notice changes in the way your eye feels or looks. Eye infections can impact your vision and make things look blurry.

Common symptoms of an eye infection include:

  • Itchiness
  • Burning sensation
  • Irritation
  • Pain
  • Light sensitivity
  • Watering or tearing up
  • Discharge or crusty eyelashes
  • Swollen eyelids

If your eye hurts when you touch it or it feels like something is stuck in your eye, you may have an eye infection. People who wear contact lenses often find it impossible to wear them if they’re suffering an eye infection.

When should I go to the eye doctor for an eye infection?

You should always visit the eye doctor if you experience eye discomfort or pain. Eyecare Professionals accepts patients on an emergency basis, day or night, to ensure prompt and effective eye infection treatment. 

Bacterial eye infections respond quickly to prescription antibiotics. Your doctor may prescribe eye drops or an ointment. 

For severe viral infections and other eye infections, prescription eye drops and oral medications can eliminate the infection. Depending on your symptoms, warm compresses can relieve pain associated with an eye infection.

Avoid exposure to others while your eye infection is contagious. Be sure to follow the doctor’s instructions for treatment, and take the prescribed dosage of your medication even if the symptoms of your eye infection improve. 

Find effective treatment and compassionate care for eye infections at Eyecare Professionals. Call the office today or book your appointment online.