Have you ever had an eye infection? One of the most common reasons that patients seek treatment from Dr. James Deavers here at our Dorchester optometry office is because they are suffering from an eye infection. Eye infections are more common than you may think. We are here to give you some basic information about the infections we see the most so that you can recognize symptoms in yourself, and better prevent these infections from happening in the first place.
Perhaps the most commonly known eye infection is conjunctivitis, or pink eye. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the transparent membrane that lines the eyelids and the eye. Conjunctivitis is usually the result of a bacterial or viral infection, and the reason behind the infection usually determines how best to treat it. Some basic symptoms associated with pink eye include: the feeling that there is something stuck in your eye, itching or burning of the eyes, the excretion of a yellow discharge from the eye, excess tearing, finding it hard to open your eyes in the morning because a crust has formed overnight, swelling of the eyelids, and more. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with us at our Dorchester optometry office as soon as possible.
Another common eye infection that Dr. Deavers treats is keratitis. Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea. Some symptoms that are associated with keratitis include: redness of the eye, pain in the eye, excess tearing or discharge from the eye, blurry vision, decreased vision, light sensitivity, decreased vision, feeling like there is something in your eye, and more. As you can see, some of these symptoms overlap. Many various eye infections have similar symptoms, so if you ever notice these kinds of sensations in your eyes, you should see an expert like Dr. Deavers as soon as possible so that we can evaluate the cause and offer treatment.
If you would like to learn more about eye health topics and the related services provided at our Dorchester optometry office, we invite you to visit Dr. Deavers’ main website and browse through the additional information we have made available for our parents there. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.