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How to diagnose a possible bacterial eye infection?

How to diagnose a possible bacterial eye infection?

Go see your doctor: I assume you're referring to a red/pink eye w/goopy discharge that's stuck together. Your family doc & optometrist can take care of that for you. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/pink-eye/ds00258/dsection=tests-and-diagnosis for more info. However, an infection of the globe (eyeball) itself needs to be under care of ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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I had a bacterial eye infection that was treated by tobradex. Was this a contagious infection?

I had a bacterial eye infection that was treated by tobradex. Was this a contagious infection?

Possibly yes.: It is possible that it could have been contagious, but since it is resolved this should not be am issue unless it returns. ...Read more

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What is the incubation period of a viral and bacterial eye infection?

What is the incubation period of a viral and bacterial eye infection?

1-3 days usually: This depends of course on the virus or bacteria but usually not longer than 7 days. Most common cause of conjunctivitis is viral. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bacterial eye infections?

What is the definition or description of: bacterial eye infections?

See below: The most eye infection caused by bacteria is a stye. Others are corneal ulcers, bacterial conjunctivitis and pre-septal cellulitis. ...Read more

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What would cause a bacterial eye infections? Retinal surgery?

What would cause a bacterial eye infections? Retinal surgery?

Many potential cause: There are many potential causes of bacterial eye infection. Among the most common are: direct contact with dirty hands; working in garden and splattering soil in eye; using old contaminated eye makeup or eyedrops; sharing someone else's eyedrops; trauma; overwearing contact lenses including sleeping in them. In all cases you should see your eye md immediately. ...Read more

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Eye infection not cleared up after tx with tobramycin for 7days,3X/ day. Does this mean it's viral not bacterial. I have no allergies.

Eye infection not cleared up after tx with tobramycin for 7days,3X/ day. Does this mean it's viral not bacterial. I have no allergies.

Treatment failure: Symptoms of an illness that will respond to a particular antibiotic usually start to improve within 3-4 days if the appropriate antibiotic was prescribed, and they were taken as directed. Relapse or persistence of symptoms is generally regarded as a treatment failure or inaccuracy of the original diagnosis (i.e. viral not bacterial). ...Read more

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My 4 year old got erythromycin ointment for bacterial infection in eye. Looks all cleared up...How long do I need to apply it for? Dr was vague...

My 4 year old got erythromycin ointment for bacterial infection in eye.  Looks all cleared up...How long do I need to apply it for?  Dr was vague...

How long to treat: Most pinkeye clears up fairly quickly. The ointment can shorten the time and reduce transmission to others. I usually recommend treating for 2 days after the redness and drainage is gone. ...Read more

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Its been 3 days that I have a serious eye infection caused by a bacteria. I cannot see(patch infront of my pupil) will i recover my vision? Go blind?

Its been 3 days that I have a serious eye infection caused by a bacteria. I cannot see(patch infront of my pupil) will i recover my vision? Go blind?

Sounds serious: Patching is not a standard way to treat eye bacterial infection. You should be using topical antibiotic frequently and it should be broad spectrum. Are you seeing an ophthalmologist? This should be evaluated as soon as possible to make a better diagnosis and get proper treatment.Don't delay. ...Read more

Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more