Robert Ancona, OD
Optometrist located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
Eye infections like pink eye are fairly common among school-aged children, easily spreading from one child to another, but adults are also susceptible to these eye infections. When you do get an eye infection, seeking medical treatment from the team at Eyedrop Optique led by Robert Ancona, OD, in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York, can keep the issue from turning into something more serious. Schedule an appointment by calling the office or booking online.
Eye Infections Q & A
Are there different types of eye infections?
Eye infections are one of the most common ailments and are classified by their cause: viral, bacterial, or fungal. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, Americans make about 930,000 visits to doctor’s offices and clinics as well as 58,000 emergency room visits annually due to eye infections. Eye infections happen to people of all ages, although women are slightly more likely to get an eye infection than men.
The most common eye infections include:
This common eye infection causes inflammation of the whites of the eye and the lining of the eyelids. Although adults can get pink eye, it’s seen more often in children and it’s highly contagious.
Keratitis is an infection of the cornea, the clear part of your eye. The infection can be bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic or it can result from an eye injury. Keratitis makes the cornea swell. The most common reason for keratitis is careless contact lens hygiene like wearing the lenses too long or handling them without washing your hands first.
A sty is a bump or pimple that develops on the outside edges of your eyelids where your oil glands are. If the glands get clogged, bacteria can form and grow, causing the bump.
What are some symptoms of eye infections?
A wide range of symptoms can signal that you have an eye infection. Although some minor issues go away on their own, it’s best to visit Dr. Ancona right away so you can start healing quicker and feel better faster.
Common eye infection symptoms include:
- Light sensitivity
- Itching or burning
- Eyelid tenderness
- Eye pain or irritation
- A sensation of something in your eye
Are contact lenses wearers more prone to getting eye infections?
Not necessarily, but being vigilant about practicing healthy contact lens habits is essential. Simple precautions like taking lenses out before sleeping, showering and swimming and washing your hands with soap and water prior to handling your lenses can prevent eye infections.
Eye infections are not only uncomfortable, but they can also be serious. If you are having a problem with your eyes or just want to get a new pair of eyeglasses or contacts, book an appointment at Eyedrop Optique in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York. Book an appointment online or call today.