While many eye problems present no detectable symptoms in their early stages, eye infections make their presence known loud and clear. In fact, many patients in and around Richardson, Texas first come to Dr. Hieu Huynh, OD, in search of relief from an eye infection. Several different infections can impact your eyes, but there are just as many treatment options. As with so many health matters, taking a proactive approach and seeking immediate care is the best way to tackle an infection of the eye.
Eye infections are the result of viral, fungal, or bacterial contamination of your eyes.
One of the more common fungal causes is histoplasmosis, which occurs when people inhale spores of the fungus that then infect their lungs. That infection can spread to the retina and cause damage to the structures of the eye. It’s estimated that as many as 90% of American adults have contracted histoplasmosis at one point in their lives.
Certain sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, genital herpes, and gonorrhea, can also lead to eye infections and can seriously damage your eyes. Shingles, bacterial keratitis, tuberculosis, Lyme disease, and a whole host of other diseases can bring about eye infections.
That’s why it is so important to seek care at the first signs of pain, itching, redness, or discharge in and around your eyes.
Conjunctivitis, commonly known as “pinkeye,” is the most common cause of eye infections. Dr. Hieu Huynh has treated countless cases of pinkeye over his years in practice, and he offers a fast and effective approach to this often painful condition.
Pinkeye is marked by a distinct redness and swelling of the eyes and is often accompanied by excessive tears or thick discharge. It can be viral or bacterial and easily spreads from one person to the next.
Pinkeye usually lasts from seven to ten days, and often clears up on its own. Bacterial conjunctivitis is a more serious matter, however, and requires antibiotic treatment to eliminate it before serious damage can occur.
If you experience signs of an eye infection, go online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hieu Huynh to determine the cause and best treatment options.
The most effective way to prevent common eye infections such as conjunctivitis is by washing your hands thoroughly and frequently, especially in settings where you come into regular contact with others.
Dr. Hieu Huynh advises developing a hand-washing technique that will eliminate most viruses, bacteria, and other potential contaminants from entering your eyes, and teaching those practices to your children.
When it comes to infections like histoplasmosis, there's little that you can do to prevent them. That’s not true for diseases such as tuberculosis, toxoplasmosis, and sexually transmitted, however. Preventive measures, such as safe-sex practices and vaccinations, can help reduce the risk of certain diseases and help promote good overall health.