Lower Your Risk of Eye Infection with these Tips
Eye care involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of eye problems. At Deen-Gross Eye Centers, our board-certified surgeons make themselves available 24 hours a day to provide quality and comprehensive eye care because we believe that eye health should be a priority.
One common eye problem that our Merrillville, IN, and Hobart, IN, patients experience is eye infections. Eye infections are often preventable. By following the directions in this blog post and seeking eye care at Deen-Gross Eye Centers, you can reduce your risk for eye infections and potential complications.
Common Types of Infection
Eye infections form for a variety of reasons. Eye doctors classify eye infections based on causes and characteristics. Common types of eye infection include:
A stye is a buildup of bacteria in the gland of the eyelid. The results look similar to a pimple. Styes often cause some discomfort. If you see one of these growths, contact our practice for further instructions.
Also known as pink eye, conjunctivitis is an infection affecting the lining of the eye. Symptoms include swelling and redness. Discharge from the infection is also common. Conjunctivitis is highly contagious. If you suspect that you have pink eye, contact our office immediately.
Blepharitis results from exposure to bacteria or manmade irritants. Inflammation is the main symptom of blepharitis. Patients with this condition experience eyes that are red and itchy. Vision can become blurry as well.
Tips for Preventing Eye Infections
Eye infections are sometimes unavoidable, but they often result from habits. To prevent eye infections:
- Wash your hand before touching your eyes or placing contacts
- Avoid excessively rubbing your eyes
- Remove cosmetics from your face before going to sleep
- Do not share makeup with others
- Cease using makeup that causes eye irritation
- Avoid wearing contacts overnight when possible
- Wash bedding regularly
- Avoid fumes, smoke, or irritating substances
When Should I Report an Eye Infection?
If you are experiencing minor eye irritation, there are several home remedies you can perform. First, remove all irritants from your eye by washing them with a doctor-recommended cleanser. Then, place a warm compress over your eyes to help reduce swelling. Continue to keep your eyes clean by using a soft washcloth that is soaked in a hypoallergenic baby shampoo and warm water.
If your symptoms persist or worsen, contact our office at (219) 769-8989. A member of our eye care team will listen to your symptoms before recommending a suitable course of action. Our board-certified eye doctors are available 24 hours a day.
Schedule Your Eye Care Treatment Today
If you experience frequent eye infections, you are at high risk for complications that could threaten your vision. Our eye doctors are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of eye conditions. If you are experiencing an eye infection that impacts your vision or does not subside on its own, let one of our doctors examine your symptoms.
To schedule your next visit to our Merrillville or Hobart offices, please contact our office online or call (219) 769-8989.