Red or irritated eyes are often nothing to worry about. Sometimes, however, it’s important to see an eye doctor about eye symptoms that cause discomfort or worse. Prompt treatment can help prevent eye damage or even blindness.
You should always see an eye doctor if you believe you have an eye infection, especially if you notice discharge, have a fever, or feel like there’s something in your eye. You should also see a doctor if you believe you have any of these three types of eye infection:
Keratitis refers to an infected cornea, which is the clear layer of your eye that covers your iris and pupil. This type of eye trouble may come from a contagious infection, or it may result from an eye injury.
This infection is more likely to develop in people who wear contacts, or those who have a weakened immune system. Its symptoms include:
- Eye pain
- Redness or swelling
- Light sensitivity
- The sensation of something in your eye
- Blurry vision or vision loss
- Watery eyes or discharge
This condition is a severe inflammation inside your eye. It can happen because of a fungal or bacterial infection. It can also occur after some eye surgeries, or if your eye is injured by an object. Its symptoms include:
- Blurry vision
- Eye discharge or pus
- Sensitivity to light
- Redness or swelling of the eye or eyelids
- Eye pain
- Vision loss
3. Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
This is a very common eye infection that can be highly contagious for up to two weeks after the start of the infection. See your doctor as soon as possible for treatment to avoid infecting others!
You may develop this because of allergies or exposure to certain chemicals, like the chlorine in swimming pools. Symptoms can include:
- A red or pink tint to the eyes
- Itchiness or a constant feeling like there’s something in your eye
- Producing additional tears, especially in just one eye
- Watery discharge that’s heaviest when you wake up
Better Eye Health Awaits at Valley Eyecare Center!
Whether you’re worried about an eye infection or just want to make sure your eyes are in top shape, let Valley Eyecare Center be your partner for better eye health! You can contact us online, or call us at (602) 955-2700 for an appointment.