Urgent Care for Eye Irritation and Infections
Complaints regarding eye issues are quite common, with cases seen regularly at ConvenientMD. Most people suspect something is wrong when the eye is red, painful, swollen or all of the above, which may be due to allergy, infection, or irritation. While these conditions can be uncomfortable, they’re usually treatable and tend to be associated with relatively quick recovery times.
What Causes Eye Irritation and Infections?
There are a number of different types of eye infections and irritations, many of which have their own unique set of causes. Conjunctivitis—also called “pink eye”—for example, can be caused either by viruses or bacteria like staph and strep. Allergies can also cause conjunctivitis. Styes create a painful red lump along the edge of the eyelid.
Irritation may also be a result of foreign bodies that make their way into the eye, which can lead to a corneal abrasion (scratch) under the right set of circumstances.
What are the Symptoms of Eye Irritation and Infections?
While symptoms of infection and irritation can vary depending upon the root cause of the issue, the following tend to be common across
- Sensitivity to Light
If vision loss, excessive swelling, or fever of 102 F or higher is present, immediate medical attention should be sought.
Diagnosing and Treatment of Eye Irritation and Infections
Diagnosis of eye infection and irritation requires physical examination by a treating provider, who will look for the presence of bacterial/viral infection or foreign bodies that have affected one or both eyes. Depending upon the findings, antibiotics (oral or ointment) and/or drops may be prescribed as treatment. Hot compresses may also be used to reduce inflammation and promote comfort.
Eye infections in children may include infections of the eyelids, external eye structure, conjunctiva or the globe itself. Conjunctivitis is the most common non-traumatic pediatric eye complaint. A thorough physical examination is required for the proper treatment and evaluation of pediatric eye infections and irritations.
Dealing with an Eye Irritation or Infection? Visit a ConvenientMD Location in NH, ME or MA Today!
Any infection in the eye should be considered serious until treated by a medical professional. At ConvenientMD, our staff regularly treats eye infections and irritations, from minor issues to more serious infections. We’ll diagnose whatever is causing your symptoms and help create a treatment plan that sets you on your way to better health.
Don’t let an eye infection or irritation go ignored—visit any ConvenientMD location to get treated today! We’re open seven days a week, so just stop into one of our clinics in Maine, New Hampshire or Massachusetts without ever needing an appointment.