Eye Infections

Alisha Poonawala, O.D. -  - Optometry

Pack Optical

Alisha Poonawala, O.D.

Optometry located in Fort Worth, TX

Some eye infections can cause damage to your eyes and negatively affect your daily life. From bacterial infections to fungal and viral infections, Alisha Poonawala, OD, at Pack Optical in Fort Worth, Texas, can treat your eyes and help you take charge of your eye health. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Eye Infections Q & A

What is an eye infection?

Eye infections happen when harmful microorganisms — bacteria, fungi, and viruses — invade any area of your eyeball or the surrounding area. This includes the thin membrane lining your outer eye, your inner eyelids, and the front surface of your eye.

What are the symptoms of an eye infection?

The symptoms of an eye infection include:

  • Red eyes
  • Pain
  • Eye discharge
  • Watery eyes
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Itching
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity

If you suspect you have an eye infection, you should visit Dr. Poonawala for an eye exam and treatment. Delaying an evaluation could potentially delay effective treatment and harm your sight if the infection worsens.

If you have an eye infection, don’t wear your contact lenses. Instead, wear clean eyeglasses until you’ve visited Dr. Poonawala for a diagnosis.

What are the different types of eye infections?

There are different types of eye infections. Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is one of the most common eye infections. This highly contagious eye infection involves inflammation of the thin, protective membrane that covers the surface of your eyeball and the inner surface of your eyelids.

Other types of eye infections include:

  • Ocular herpes, which occurs with exposure to the herpes simplex virus
  • Fungal keratitis, which is often contracted from organic matter, such as a puncture from a tree branch
  • Acanthamoeba keratitis, which is caused by parasites that invade the eye
  • Trachoma, which is often related to diseases spread by flies in unsanitary environments

Some people may have endophthalmitis, which is when an eye infection penetrates your eye’s interior, which can result in blindness.

What are the treatments for an eye infection?

Once Dr. Poonawala has determined the type of eye infection you have, she may recommend a number of treatments, such as:

  • Prescription antibiotic eye drops or ointments that target the bacteria causing your infection
  • Compresses
  • Prescription antiviral eye drops
  • Steroid eye drops to reduce any inflammation

In some cases, Dr. Poonawala may prescribe oral antibiotics or antiviral medications.

If you think you have an eye infection, call Pack Optical or book an appointment online for compassionate optometric care from highly qualified specialists.