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How can I tell if I have an eye infection from contacts?

How can I tell if I have an eye infection from contacts?

The white spot: Usually the most common infection associated with contact lens use is the bacterial corneal ulcer. This looks like a small white spot on the corneal surface. This needs to be treated asap to prevent potential vision loss! ...Read more

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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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How can I tell if I have allergies or an eye infection?

How can I tell if I have allergies or an eye infection?

Itching: Eye allergies are almost always accompanied by itching especially at the nasal fold. Infections usually cause burning or pain with discharge that can sometimes be pus-like. Viral conjunctivitis often has a watery discharge like allergies but there is usually little itching. A topical antihistamine drop can help. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my contact lenses are causing an eye infection?

How can I tell if my contact lenses are causing an eye infection?

Pain and redness: Bacterial keratitis is a vison threatening infection. In the usa, contact lenses use is the number one risk factor. Loss of vision, permanently can occur in as few as 24 hours. Do not wait for the problem to get better, see your dr. In the last 5 years, some contact lens solutions made keratitis easy. They have been removed by fda http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1194028-overview. ...Read more

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In what way can I tell if I have a corneal abrasion or some eye infection?

In what way can I tell if I have a corneal abrasion or some eye infection?

PAIN!: Ron, A corneal abrasion is VERY painful. An eye infection, from either bacterial or viral conjunctivitis is not. If you are having severe pain, light sensitivity (photophobia) or an extremely purulent discharge (pus) I would suggest you getting it checked out by an ophthalmologist as soon as possible, or go to the ER at your local hospital. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have viral or bacterial pink eye?

How can I tell if I have viral or bacterial pink eye?

Symptoms: In adults without a history of surgery or trauma, by far the most common infections are viral causing redness, itching, clear-sticky discharge and commonly are bilateral. Bacterial infectious is more flagrant, frequently drops the vision, has pus and much swelling, and commonly is painful. Your ophthalmologist can sort this out for you. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have an eye infection or pink eye?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have an eye infection or pink eye?

Probably pink eye: Pink eye is due to a common viral infection and is the most likely cause of your red eye. Eye infections other than that include herpes, and infection that follows trauma or surgery. If you suspect these, then you need an ophthalmologist examination quickly. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a pinkeye infection?

How can I tell if I have a pinkeye infection?

Pink eye: Blurred vision, crusts that form on the eyelid overnight, gritty feeling in eye with eye pain, eye itching, increased tearing, redness in eye, & sensitivity to light. ...Read more

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What to do if i had an eye infection few days ago, should I wear my contacts, can they get infected?

What to do if i had an eye infection few days ago, should I wear my contacts, can they get infected?

Yes: Please see an eye doctor before restarting contact lens wear. You can cause damage to your eye wearing contact lenses with an infection. Yes the contacts can become a source of infection! good luck... ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have pink eye or an eye infection ?

How can you tell if you have pink eye or an eye infection ?

Pain, vision: Pink eye is the common term for viral infection of the eye. It may affect one eye but commonly affects both. The eye is red, has a clear discharge, may be a little swollen, sometimes is light sensitive and usually is irritated but not painful. Since it is infectious, others around you might also have the same thing or you may spread yours to them. If bacterial there is pain and decreased vision. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could have an eyelid surgery on one eye?

Can you tell me if i could have an eyelid surgery on one eye?

Yes: You can have eyelid surgery on one eye, but will need an in-person consultation to determine what procedures are right for you to give you the result you want and ensure your eyelids are symmetric. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have pink eye or something worse?

How to tell if I have pink eye or something worse?

Your eye doctor: is the best person to differentiate different conditions that can effect the eye. Pink eye is conjunctivitis. It can be caused by things like viruses (common cold), bacteria, allergies, foreign body in the eye & chemical exposures.Pink eye symptoms can effect one or both eyes. They many include redness &/or itchiness, increased tearing, discharge & gritty sensation. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have an infection because of my tooth?

How can I tell if I have an infection because of my tooth?

Possible: Depending on where the pain is, it is very possible that an infection could be caused from a tooth. Sometimes a sinus infection can mimic a toothache, but a proper exam and radiograph would be needed to correctly diagnose and treat the source and cause of your infection. Keep smiling ! ...Read more

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How to know if I have pink eye or just an allergy?

How to know if I have pink eye or just an allergy?

A few clues to this: Pink eye is an infection with rapid onset, usually in one eye and then spreading to the other with a clear discharge and a sensation of sandy eye feeling. Allergy is episodic, seasonal, usually both eyes, with itching and sometimes lid swelling. Neither usually affect the vision. Sometimes the symptoms overlap. You might need an ophthalmologist to make the distinction. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a corneal abrasion?

How can I tell if I have a corneal abrasion?

Pain: Corneal abrasion, a loss of the cellular skin covering the cornea at some point, is intensely painful causing striking redness, and light sensitivity. Most who have one don't question the diagnosis but cry out for help. See your ophthalmolgist right away if you suspect this condition. ...Read more

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What to do if I have eye infection due to my contacts what kind of eye drops should I buy?

What to do if I have eye infection due to my contacts what kind of eye drops should I buy?

See ophthalmologist: Eye infections from contacts are usually ulcerations that can be very serious. You should not self-treat this but should immediately see an ophthalmologist. There are no over the counter eyedrops for this condition. Take out the lens and get help immediately. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could tell if I have an ear infection?

Can you tell me how I could tell if I have an ear infection?

Examination: An ear infection may cause fullness in the ear, pain or decreased hearing in the ear. There may be a discharge form the ear canal. It may also cause swelling around the lymph nodes in the neck. There may be a fever or referred pain to another part of the head. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could wear contact lenses while I have pink eye?

Can you tell me if i could wear contact lenses while I have pink eye?

Not a good idea: The eye needs unobstructed flow of tears to combat infections like pink eye. Wearing a contact can inhibit this and possibly encourage other types of infection to occur. Hang in there without the lens until the condition clears. ...Read more

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Eye Infections (Definition)

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