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How Can I Tell If I Have An Eye Infection From Contacts
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
What to do if i had an eye infection few days ago, should I wear my contacts, can they get infected?
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
Can you tell me if i get an eye vision check up can the optometrist detect if I have an eye disease or infection?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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