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What Are the Most Common Types of
Eye Infections That Exist Today?

Eye Infection

The American Academy of Opthalmology reports that there are almost a million eye infections that require specialist attention each year.

Most eye infections do not pose any long-term dangers. However, as you will know if you have one, they can cause serious pain and discomfort.

Read on as we look at the most common types of eye infection around today.

What Are Eye Infections?

An eye infection is any condition that arises when a microorganism enters the eyeball or the surrounding area. Common symptoms include redness, swelling, pain, and blurred vision.

The Most Common Types of Eye Infection

There is a broad range of eye infections. Many symptoms are common to all of them; pain or discomfort in the eye, for example, is a feature of nearly every eye infection.

Some of the most common types of eye infections are listed here...

Conjunctivitis
Commonly referred to as "pink eye," conjunctivitis is one of the best-known eye infections. It is highly contagious and is therefore common in schools and workplaces where close contact is necessary.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis include discoloration, itchiness, and watery discharge from the affected eye.

Keratitis
Like conjunctivitis, keratitis is caused by either bacteria or a virus. This means that it is contagious.

However, the symptoms of keratitis are somewhat different from those of conjunctivitis. Keratitis affects your cornea specifically. As well as redness and discomfort, its symptoms include abnormalities in relation to your vision and increased sensitivity to light.

Uveitis
Uveitis is an umbrella term that refers to a family of conditions that affect the uvea. They may arise from a variety of causes, including autoimmune conditions, physical damage, and illnesses like cancer.

Symptoms of uveitis may clear up in weeks or months. However, in some cases, the condition becomes chronic.

Sty
A sty is a small bump that occurs at the edge of your eye. It can be quite painful.

Styes are caused by clogging of glands with oil or dead skin. Treatment options for styes include antibiotic ointments, as well as cleaning with a mild soap.

Unlike other infections, styes are not contagious.

How Can You Treat an Eye Infection?

There are a number of possible treatment options when it comes to eye infections. The right one for you will depend on the specific issue you have.

If you don't want to go to a doctor, there are a range of pharmaceutical options that might be suitable. For example, Durezol is a medicine that's effective in the treatment of uveitis.

Online pharmacies can allow you to save money on Durezol.

Getting the Care You Need

If you're worried that you may have developed an eye infection, don't panic. While eye infections can be painful, they tend to look worse than they are. Most can be treated quite easily.

If you've tried a pharmaceutical remedy with no success, book an appointment to see an eye specialist.

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