Eyes may get infected due to reasons like infections or injuries. Generally eyes get affected by viral infections, bacterial infections and infection caused by other microorganisms. In most cases of eye infections bacteria and viruses are the main culprits. Fortunately there are certain medications and alternative therapies available for treating eye infections.
Eye infections can affect any part of the eye including eye lids, optic nerves and cornea. Though eye infections are considerably less serious prolonged existence of such eye infections may result in serious health conditions like loss of sight. If you suspect any symptoms resembling to symptoms of eye infections it is better to consult an ophthalmologist and get it treated.
The common warning signs to look out for that your pet has an eye infection are: eye discharge, squinting, redness, cloudiness, and trying to rub and scratch the eye.Rubbing or scratching of the eye can make things worse for your pet. One of those cone shaped instruments that covers the head will prevent your pet from rubbing their eyes and further irritating the condition.
Pinkeye is a common type of conjunctivitis. Shortly after this special type of germ gets into the eyes they become reddened, the lids are swollen and puffy and usually glued together in the morning. Pinkeye is usually spread by the use of a common towel, and sometimes by soiled hands.
Eye infections produce the sings and symptoms such as Chronic redness of eyes, frequent eye lid flanking, Itching, blurring vision, discomfort of eyes, watery eyes, pain in eyes, eye discharge, swollen eyelids and swollen eye surrounding tissues. The treatment of eye infections depends upon the symptoms and cause of infection.
More often than not, bacterial eye infection disappears on its own without any treatment from a hospital after some few weeks that is if you have a good immune system. If not, possible medicinal treatment could be administered to you by your doctor after a nicely conducted diagnosis.
Some eye infections are harmless while others can be extremely serious. If you do not get to the doctor soon enough it is possible to lose some of your vision. The doctor is likely to prescribe some type of topical solution and antibiotic eye drops. Make sure that you know the side effects of the medication you doctor prescribes. Some of these drugs can cause further complications, such as dry eyes.
The first eye infection treatment is cleaning. Use a cotton swab dipped into distilled water to clean your eyes carefully. Make sure that you don't use the same swab for both eyes. Do it every hour preferably. This will alleviate the symptoms such as inflammation and pain.
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