If you are experiencing redness or irritation around your eyes, it could be an eye infection. Infections can be contagious and have serious side effects, which is why it's best to see an optometrist if you think you have an infection. If you live in or around Kirkland or Renton, Dr. Golitz at Eye and Contact Lens Center can provide the treatment you need.
Signs of an Eye Infection
While allergies, dry eye, and other factors can irritate the eye, adverse symptoms could also be a sign you have an eye infection. In fact, you can develop an infection in the eye from irritation. Common symptoms of an eye infection include:
- Watery eyes
- Increased light sensitivity
- Eye pain
- Bumps and sores on or around the eye
- Blurry vision
Wearing contact lenses can put you at increased risk of an eye infection and it can increase the severity of the infections. If you experience symptoms of infection, and you are currently wearing your contacts, you will want to remove them and replace them with your glasses for the time being.
Types of Eye Infections
There are many different eye infections, which is why it is important to see an optometrist for a diagnosis. Some commonly seen eye infections include:
Also known as conjunctivitis, this infection occurs when the tissue between the eyelids and the whites of the eyes becomes infected. While it's commonly associated with children, it can affect adults as well.
These infections are caused by inflamed hair follicles or oil glands. If you have a stye, you will usually see a bump or a sore along your lash line or under your eyelid.
If your cornea becomes inflamed, you could develop keratitis. This infection is most commonly caused by improper use of contact lenses.
When Should To See an Eye Doctor
Make an appointment right away if your eye irritation has been accompanied by symptoms like fever, severe eye pain, or excessive amounts of discharge from your eye. If your symptoms are milder, you can try treating your eyes at home. If your symptoms persist, and you are unable to relieve them through at-home treatments, you should come in for a visit and have our optometrist examine your eyes. We will be able to diagnose your issue and recommend a suitable treatment plan.
Contact Our Optometrist at Eye and Contact Lens Center
Reach out to Eye and Contact Lens Center if you are concerned that you have an eye infection. We provide quality eye care for our patients in Kirkland, Renton, and the surrounding areas. Call our team today at (425) 822-8204 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Golitz.