If one or both of your eyes are red, itching, or causing pain or swelling, you probably have an eye infection. Rajat Shetty, OD, at Astoria Park Eyecare in Ditmars, Astoria, can diagnose and offer the appropriate treatment for your eye infection whether it is viral, bacterial, or fungal. If you suspect an eye infection, use the convenient online booking tool or call the New York City practice to schedule an appointment today.
Eye infections occur when bacteria, viruses, or fungi invade parts of the eye. The most common eye infections include:
Common eye infections are treated right away at Astoria Park Eyecare, and if your infection is a vision-threatening condition requiring multidisciplinary professionals, you’ll receive a referral to the appropriate physicians.
The signs and symptoms of eye infections vary slightly depending on the type of infection. The most common symptoms of eye infections include:
Treatment for eye infections depends on whether your infection is bacterial, fungal, viral, or due to allergies. Astoria Park Eyecare diagnoses the cause and type of infection to determine the most appropriate treatment.
An eye infection caused by bacteria is treated with antibiotic eye drops, oral medications, or ointments designed to kill bacteria in the eyes.
Symptoms of viral infections, such as viral pink eye, tend to fade after seven to 10 days without medical treatment. You can use warm, wet cloths on eyes to relieve discomfort.
Medication or antifungal eye drops are necessary for fungal eye infections.
For eye symptoms caused by allergies rather than an infection, over-the-counter antihistamines offer relief. Anti-inflammatory eye drops or antihistamines in the form of eye drops may be prescribed.
You can help prevent eye infections with the following tips:
Many eye infections clear up on their own within a few days, but you should schedule an appointment at Astoria Park Eyecare if you have severe symptoms, pain, or loss of vision. Treating eye infections early reduces your risk of complications.
For infection treatment and to rule out vision-threatening conditions, call the practice or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.