Infection

(Infectious Conjuctivitis)

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Eye infection can often cause the eyes to become red, swollen and/or watery. It is usually accompanied by stinging and gritty (foreign body) sensation, itch and eye discharge.

WHAT IS EYE INFECTION?

Eye infection is an eye disorder which is usually caused by bacterial, viral or fungal agents. One of the most common eye infection is bacterial conjunctivitis which can be very infectious in nature.

Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, a thin transparent tissue covering the white part of the eye. Inflammation of the conjunctiva can be due to an infection, allergic reaction, trauma to the eye or entry of foreign body into the eyes. It can affect one or both eyes at the same time. It is unusual to experience pain with conjunctivitis. Having said that, it is important to seek treatment with your ophthalmologist as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the eye infection.

Infectious conjunctivitis can be caused by either bacteria or virus. Conjunctivitis caused by bacteria such as staphylococci, streptococci, etc. are common in adults. In children, conjunctivitis is usually caused by bacteria belonging to the haemophilus group.

CAUSES

Infectious conjunctivitis can be caused by bacteria such as staphylococci, streptococci, pneumococci, and by bacteria belonging to the haemophilus group which is common especially in children. Viruses are also typical causes of infectious conjunctivitis.

DIAGNOSIS

An ophthalmologist can diagnose infectious conjunctivitis by examining the signs and symptoms of the eye. Other than superficial observation, an ophthalmologist may use a slit lamp to inspect the eye under high magnification to get a deeper analysis of the infected eye(s). Sometimes, samples of the infected secretions from the eye(s) may be extracted for analysis to identify the organism that is affecting the eye. Blood tests are not routinely done in the diagnosis of eye inflammations.

TREATMENT

Only a doctor can recommend the correct treatment for your eye conditions. Eye infections caused by bacteria are usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or ointments over a period of 3-5 days. If the infection is not resolved within this period of time, you should consult your ophthalmologist again.

When you are diagnosed with conjunctivitis, you should refrain from touching or rubbing your eyes to prevent worsening of the condition.

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NOTE: Other Santen prescription medicines are available to treat infections, please consult with your physician.