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Antibiotics for Eye Infection

Antibiotics for Eye Infection

There are many different kinds of eye infections. They have different causes, different symptoms, and different treatments.

If your eye infection is bacterial, antibiotics can be prescribed online to treat it.

Your prescription can come in the form of eye drops, ointment, or even oral pills.

Read on to learn more about antibiotics for eye infection.
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Symptoms of an Eye Infection

There are 3 main ways to determine if you have an eye infection: how your eyes feel, how they look and if your vision changes.

If you feel any of the below symptoms for an extended period of time you may have an infection:

  • Pain or discomfort in your eye(s)
  • Itchy eye(s)
  • Feeling like something is in or on your eye(s)
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Burning in your eye(s)
  • A small painful bump in your eyelid or waterline
  • Your eyelid is tender to touch
  • Your eye(s) won’t stop watering

If your eye looks like any of the following symptoms you may have an eye infection.

  • Discharge coming out of one or both eyes that’s yellow, green or clear
  • The whites of your eyes are now pink
  • Swollen, red, or purple eyelids
  • Crusty lashes and lids, specifically when you wake up

In addition to how your eyes feel and look, you may notice vision changes if you have an infection. Blurry vision in one or both eyes can be a sign of infection, especially when combined with other symptoms above.

Keep in mind eye infections can impact one or both eyes.

Types of eye infections

As mentioned above, there are many different types of eye infections with different causes.

Some common eye infections that can be treated with antibiotics are:

  • Conjunctivitis: also known as Pinkeye, this is an infection of the conjunctiva, which is the thin, moist area that covers the inside of the eyelids and outer layer of the eye. A virus, bacteria or other irritants can cause it. If the cause of infection is bacterial, antibiotics will be prescribed. It is common to get conjunctivitis when you also have a cold.

  • Keratitis: is an infection of the cornea, which is the clear surface that covers the outside of your eye. A virus, bacteria, or parasites in water can cause keratitis. If the cause of infection is bacterial, antibiotics will be prescribed. It is more common in those who wear contact lenses.

  • Stye: is a bacterial infection that appears in the form of painful red bumps under your eyelid or on your waterline (the base of your eyelashes). It occurs when your oil glands become clogged. It is more common in those who wear make-up, especially if it is not properly removed.

Think you have an eye infection? Book an appointment with a PlushCare doctor for an official diagnosis and treatment plan today.

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Leah McCabe

Leah McCabe

Leah likes writing about health and science subjects. Through her writing she hopes to help people of all backgrounds have equal access to information and quality healthcare.

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