Eye Infection Specialist

Rajat Shetty, OD -  - Optometrist

Astoria Park Eyecare

Rajat Shetty, OD

Optometrist & Contact Lens Specialist located in Astoria, NY

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 Infection Q & A

What are eye infections?

Eye infections occur when bacteria, viruses, or fungi invade parts of the eye. The most common eye infections include:

  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Keratitis (cornea infection)
  • Endophthalmitis (inflammation inside the eye)
  • Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid)
  • Sty (bump on the outer eyelid)

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.

What are the symptoms of eye infections?

The signs and symptoms of eye infections vary slightly depending on the type of infection. The most common symptoms of eye infections include:

  • Redness of eyes
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Vision changes or loss of vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Eye discharge
  • Increased tear production
  • Itching

How are eye infections treated?

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. 

Bacterial eye infections 

An eye infection caused by bacteria is treated with antibiotic eye drops, oral medications, or ointments designed to kill bacteria in the eyes.

Viral eye infections

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.

Fungal eye infections

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.

How are eye infections prevented?

You can help prevent eye infections with the following tips:

  • Don’t touch your eyes
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Use clean towels
  • Don’t reuse tissues
  • Don’t share eye makeup
  • Eat an anti-inflammatory diet
  • Disinfect your contact lenses daily
  • Change your sheets and pillowcases weekly

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.