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how can i treat eye infections?

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Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology 50 years experience
DON"T: You need to see an ophthalmologist. Some eye infections can cause irreversible blindness if left untreated or even be an indication of more serious problems not only in the eyes but in the body.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can contacs cause bad eye infections with lil white spot on colored part of eyeball inside?

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Dr. Gary Hirshfield
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Corneal ulcer: A corneal ulcer is a not uncommon complication of contact lens use. It is usually due to a bacterial infection and can appear as a white spot that is on the cornea in front oif the colored part of the eye(iris). This is a treatable emergency and you shoulod see an eyemd immediately. In sme cases it can lead to blinding complications due to scarring of the cornea or expansion of the infection.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are symptoms of eye infections?

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Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Redness: Infections cause inflammation. When the eye is inflammed you can expect redness and tearing. Depending on the type on infection you can also experience pain, discharge, decreased vision and sensitivity to light. You should see an eye doctor if you have any of these symptoms.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How long do viral eye infections take to go away on their own?

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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Usually a few days: Usually will start getting better very fast and in a few days will be much better.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What do eye infections look like?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Depends: Most eye infections are on the surface causing redness, swelling, irritation, discharge and some degree of visual blur. If the infection is internal, the pain can be very intense, the vision markedly diminished and substantial lowering of the vision. An ophthalmologist should be consulted if you have any of these issues.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How common are eye infections from contacts?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Uncommon: Contacts when worn according to directions rarely cause infection. The major mistake made is to not remove the lenses when the eye becomes red to any degree. When there is an infection with a contact, the eyes get very red and light sensitive and may also lose (temporarily) vision depending upon the location and degree of infection. See your ophthalmologist for treatment.

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