Eye Infection

Neil H. Simmons, O.D.

Optometrist located in Leake County, Carthage, MS

Your eyes are prominently located and fairly exposed, making them especially susceptible to injury and infection. Eye infections are not uncommon and are, at best, irritating, and at worst, potentially impairing or contagious, making medical intervention a wise choice. At Neil H. Simmons, O.D., Dr. Simmons has extensive experience in quickly diagnosing and treating eye infections of all kinds. If you’re in the Leake County, Mississippi, area, and you suspect you may have an eye infection, call or book an appointment online.

Eye Infection Q & A

What are the symptoms of an eye infection?

The most common symptoms of an eye infection include:

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • A feeling of something in your eye, even when there isn’t
  • A visible lump
  • Discharge

The locations of the symptoms may vary, depending upon the type of infection you have, but they are usually confined to your:

  • Eyelid — either upper or lower
  • Cornea — the outer layer of your eye
  • Conjunctiva — the mucus membrane that covers the insides of your eyelids and your eye

If you’re experiencing any symptoms in these areas, it’s important to see Dr. Simmons as soon as possible. Left untreated, eye infections can get progressively worse, making them harder to treat. Not to mention, prompt treatment brings you quick relief.

What are the different types of eye infections?

The most common eye infections include:

  • Viral conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Stye (staph infection inside eyelid)
  • Keratitis, or an inflammation of your cornea
  • Fungal eye infections
  • Uveitis, or an inflammation of your uvea, the pigmented middle layer of the eye

The only way to find out for sure what type of eye infection you have is to see Dr. Simmons for an examination and treatment.

What causes eye infections?

Eye infections are fairly common and come from a host of factors, including:

  • Improper contact lens use
  • A result of an injury
  • A fungal infection
  • Bacteria, viruses, or parasites
  • Allergies
  • Underlying medical issues, such as rheumatoid arthritis

Whatever the cause, it’s important that you see Dr. Simmons for treatment because your eye infection may also be contagious.

How are eye infections treated?

To determine how to best treat your eye infection, Dr. Simmons first needs to diagnose its origin. To do this, he reviews your symptoms, performs a physical exam, and runs several lab tests on your tissue or eye fluids.

Armed with the correct diagnosis, Dr. Simmons prescribes the right medicine to clear up your infections as quickly as possible. Medications may come in the form of:

  • Prescription drops
  • Oral medication
  • Prescription ointments
  • OTC lubricants

If you suspect you have an eye infection, don’t wait — Dr. Simmons makes every effort to see you right away in order to clear it up. To get started, call or book an appointment using the easy online tool.