Symptoms and Causes of Eye Infection

Today, eye infections are widely spread, both in adults and minors. They may occur in different areas of the eye and have symptoms varying in type and intensity. The best idea to ensure your eyesight is not facing a threat of eye infection is, undoubtedly, an appointment with an ophthalmologist. 

Eye Infection location

Among the most common areas for eye infection signs are the following:

  • The eyelid is, perhaps, the most common area of eye infection symptoms.
  • A layer involved in covering the external surface of your iris, named the Cornea, is another common area of eye infection symptoms.
  • A high moisture layer protecting the internal surface of the eyelid and the eye’s white, called the Conjunctiva, is another area of the eye where eye infections often cause symptoms.

Eye Infection Symptoms

Let us consider the main symptoms common for widespread eye infections:

  • Feeling of discomfort and ache
  • Scratchy eye or both eyes
  • A feel as if something got stuck in your eye
  • Painful reaction to light sources
  • Hot burning feeling in the eye
  • Hurtful pimples appearing on the edge of an eyelash
  • Overly sensitive eyelids
  • Long-term irritation

Other visible symptoms:

  • The appearance of the so-called eye discharge: an oily substance of green, yellow, or no color
  • The white area of the eye turns pink
  • Unhealthy-looking eyelids
  • Lash and lid crust on the eyes after sleeping.

Among the most substantial symptoms are fever, inability to use contact lenses, and painful-to-touch lymph nodes.

Eye Infection Typology

Here are the most widespread types of eye infections that one can be diagnosed with:

  • Conjunctivitis: the area of development of the disease is the Conjunctiva. As a side effect, the eye turns pink. Often caused by a viral or bacterial invasion, this type of eye infection can be the effect of an allergy, too. While minors usually contract the disease bacterially, most adults face viral transmission.
  • Keratitis: This type is mostly spread among users of contacts. The Cornea gets itchy and burning as a result of a viral or bacterial intrusion. Sometimes, water parasites can cause Keratitis.
  • Stye: Small, non contagious but hurtful pimples caused by bacterial infections developing in the eyelid.
  • Fungal Eye Infections: As is derived from the name, this infection type has a fungal nature (it can be transmitted via anything from a stick to a thorn of certain plants) and can be extremely hard to treat.
  • Uveitis: The uvea, the central eye’s layer, can become a setting for the disease and other immune-related disorders.

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