Eye Infections Specialist

Killeen Vision Source

Optometrists located in Killeen, TX

If your eyes are irritated and red or you notice an unusual discharge, you may have an eye infection. Dr. Austin Ruiz and Dr. Sulki Han at your Killeen Vision Source in Killeen, Texas, offer diagnostic testing and effective treatment options for a variety of eye infections, including pink eye. Untreated eye infections can lead to permanent damage and vision loss. Schedule an eye care consultation online or call the office for more information.

Eye Infections Q & A

Killeen Vision Source

What are eye infections?

There are two common types of eye infections: conjunctivitis and styes.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is commonly known as pink eye. It is a contagious condition common in school-aged children. Conjunctivitis may start in one eye and spread quickly to your other eye.

Stye

A stye is a bump that grows on the eyelid as the result of bacteria on your skin that affects the hair follicles of your eyelashes.

Eye infections are the result of:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Fungi

Fungal eye infections are rare but can be a serious medical issue. Fungal infections typically result from an eye injury caused by plant materials, like thorns or sticks. These infections can also be the result of eye surgeries or blood infections.

What are the symptoms of an eye infection?

You may have an eye infection if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Discharge
  • Pain
  • Blurred vision

If you have a fungal infection, you may also experience a sensitivity to light and excessive tearing.

The symptoms of eye infections are similar to the symptoms of allergies. The primary difference is that allergies generally affect both of your eyes equally and produce a watery discharge. If you are unsure whether it is an infection or allergies causing your eye issues, call your Killeen Vision Source right away for testing.

How are eye infections treated?

If you suspect you have an eye infection, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ruiz or Dr. Han right away. Remove your contact lenses and avoid touching your eyes with your hands.

Dr. Ruiz and Dr. Han provide a comprehensive exam to diagnose an eye infection. Depending on the cause of the infection, they may recommend:

  • Antibiotics
  • Creams
  • Hot or cold compresses
  • Prescription eye drops

How can I prevent eye infections?

To avoid common eye infections, it is important to avoid contact with others who have a contagious eye condition such as pink eye. You should also:

  • Use good hygiene practices
  • Avoid touching your eyes with your hands
  • Avoid sharing eye drops and makeup
  • Remove and clean your contacts regularly

Book an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam by calling your Killeen Vision Source today or using the online booking feature.