Posted on 09-28-2017
Comprehensive Eye Care for Eye Infections In Greer SC
Eye infections can affect our daily activities, but when treated early and thoroughly by an eye care practitioner, most are short-lived and without lasting side effects. Left untreated, however, eye infections can cause serious complications. At Blue Ridge Vision we take all potential infection symptoms seriously and provide comprehensive eye care for eye infections in Greer SC.
Symptoms and Treatment for Eye Infections at Your Greer Eye Care Practitioner
Symptoms of eye infections include pain, sensitivity to light, discharge, gray or white sores on the iris (the colored part of the eye), impaired vision and red eyes or eyelids.
Treatment for eye infections at your Greer eye care practitioner begins with a comprehensive eye care exam to diagnose the infection. We will also look deep into the eye to ensure the infection has not progressed to bacterial endophthalmitis, a potentially blindness-causing condition that occurs when an infection penetrates the interior of the eye.
Common infections include:
- Conjunctivitis: highly contagious pink eye that can be viral or bacterial
- Fungal keratitis: fungi in the eye from contact lenses or a penetrating eye injury
- Acanthamoeba keratitis: parasitic infection that can occur from wearing contact lenses in pools and spas
- Ocular herpes: caused by exposure to Herpes simplex virus
Depending on the diagnosis, treatment may include ointments, antibiotic eye drops, oral antiviral medications, and compresses.
Preventing Eye Infections
Good hygiene helps prevent infections. Always wash your hands before touching your eyes. If you wear contacts, follow proper care guidelines, including removing contacts before sleeping and swimming, and discarding old and expired lenses. During an eye infection, remove any contact lenses, avoid contact with others, don't share linens and always use a fresh washcloth on the eye when washing the face or applying a compress.
If you suspect you have an eye infection, call our office right away to schedule a comprehensive eye care appointment (864-877-3031). The sooner you call, the sooner we can help your eyes feel better. Our doors are open Monday through Friday at 312 Memorial Drive, Greer, SC 29650.
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