Eye infections can cause discomfort, vision changes, and in some cases, permanent changes to your vision. Board-certified ophthalmologist and surgeon Mark Heimmel, MD, at Eye Care Specialists, provides diagnosis and treatment when you have the signs of an eye infection. Dr. Heimmel can help relieve your symptoms and protect the health of your eyes. If you have redness, itching, or other eye infection symptoms, call the East Windsor, New Jersey, office or schedule an appointment online today.
Suspect an eye infection if you have any of the following symptoms:
You should have these symptoms checked by Dr. Heimmel as soon as possible to prevent the progression or spread of the infection. He offers all types of medical eye care to resolve your eye infection.
Eye infections result when bacteria, viruses, or fungi invade your eye or the surrounding tissues. Some infections, such as pink eye, are quite contagious. Infections can affect the inside of your eye and your cornea — the clear dome that covers and protects your eyes.
There are several types of eye infections, including:
Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is an infection of the conjunctiva, a clear membrane that covers the
white part of your eye. An infection of the conjunctiva causes the tissue to become inflamed and the blood vessels enlarged.
The two primary types of conjunctivitis are:
Conjunctivitis can also be “allergic.” This eye allergy results when airborne substances, such as
pollen or dust mites, irritate the conjunctiva. This type of pink eye is not contagious.
Blepharitis and cellulitis are two infections that affect your eyelids. Blepharitis occurs due to bacterial infection that begins at the base of your eyelashes. It’s often caused by inflamed oil glands and results in red, swollen eyelids.
Cellulitis affects just your eyelid, or it can begin in the eye socket and cause eyelid swelling.
This infection develops in the middle layer of your eye or the uvea. It develops suddenly, with symptoms such as red eyes. Sometimes you’ll also have pain, blurry vision, and floaters.
Keratitis is an infection of the cornea caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. People who wear contact lenses are at most risk of keratitis, especially if they don't care for them properly. Keratitis causes symptoms such as an inflamed, swollen cornea, pain, redness, and changes in vision.
If you have signs of an eye infection, call Eye Care Specialists right away or schedule your appointment online today.