Preventions and Treatments for Common Eye Infections

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Eyesight is the most important of the five senses. Sight allows people to navigate the world around them. This includes walking, avoiding danger, driving vehicles, finding and eating food, and so on. Sight also has the ability to take over in the event that you either temporarily or permanently lose one or more of your other senses.

For instance, have you ever looked at a plate of food and decided whether or not you liked the contents before tasting it? This is because eyesight works in conjunction with your ability to taste and smell. Eyesight can help you look for mould on food. If it’s a meat, your eyesight can tell you whether or not it’s overcooked, thus preventing possible cases of food poisoning and other food-borne illnesses.

The point is that it is extremely important to care for your eyesight. After all, you only get one pair of eyes in your lifetime, so make sure that they last. Conjunctivitis and blepharitis are two common infections of the eye that need to be addressed and treated as soon as possible to preserve your eyesight and prevent further complications. Eye infection treatment depends on the type of infection and whether it’s a virus or bacteria.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis sounds scary, and maybe you’ve never heard of it, but you most certainly have heard of it by its alias. Conjunctivitis is pink eye. Pink eye can occur in people of all ages, including children and the elderly. The culprit can be both viruses and bacteria. The conjunctiva, which is the thin, clear layer that covers the white of your eye swells. This causes red eyes and is uncomfortable and painful.

It’s commonly characterised by watery, mucus discharge that can cause your eyelids to become sticky. The discharge can cause blurry vision, and you may get a sandy or gritty feeling in your eye, itching, burning, and sensitivity to light. A person experiences some or all of these symptoms.

Treatment is quite simple. Viral antibiotics will normally clear on it in seven to ten days. If it’s caused by bacteria, antibiotic eye drops may be prescribed which will help clear the infection more quickly. Pink eye can be infectious, so be sure to not use any make-up, contacts or glasses that could reinfect your eyes.

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids. Unlike, conjunctivitis, blepharitis is typically in both eyes. Although this is not a serious condition, once contracted it often recurs. Symptoms of a flare up include, sore eyelids, itchy eyes, discharge, flakes or scaly on the eyelids, glands of the eyelids may fill with an oily fluid.

There is not a cure for blepharitis. It can be kept under control with regular treatments. The type of treatment depends on the kind of blepharitis. Eyelid hygiene is of the utmost importance when it comes to management. Artificial tears also help with the health of the eye. Patients undergoing treatment should not wear makeup or contacts.

Take the health of your eyes very seriously; after all, you only get one pair.