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Shih Tzu Eye Infections
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Proper care: Take care of the lenses as instructed by your eye doctor. Don't wear them longer than what the lens is designed for. Store them properly. Don't share the lenses or storage case. Always wash your hands before you put in or take out your contacts. ...Read more
Eye infections: Eye infection = disease state of eye caused by a pathogen. ...Read more
Every 3 months for the last year I've been getting eye infections in either side of my eye heigene hasn't changed, what could it be, usually lasts 5day?
Possible eye allergy: May want to see eye doctorGet a more detailed answer ›
Classic treatment: Diluted boric acid is a classic treatment for eye infection. It is an effective eye wash and sometimes aids in the natural resistance to an eye infection. It is not an antibiotic and should not be used as a primary infection. Since most infections (pink eye) are viral, boric acid will not affect that as well. ...Read more
Most common=viral: Most common childhood eye infections are conjunctivitis, either viral, bacterial, or allergic. Other possibilities include: vaginal canal infection transmitted to baby during birth, bacterial infections from blocked tear ducts, eye herpes, fungal keratitis of the cornea, and parasitic infections of the eye. There are others that are far more rare. If the baby has non clear eye discharge, see PCP ...Read more
Contacts: When a contact lens is worn, the eye is not getting as much ocygen. This low oxygen state is a perfect incubator for certain bacteria, such as pseudomonas. The bacteria grow close to the eye and are much more likely to penetrate the eye and hence, cause infection. Do not sleep in your contact lenses, since this makes infection even more likely. ...Read more
Too many to list!: Inflammation is a basic product of any process. That can be from toxins, bacteria, virus, parasite, trauma, auto-immune.... Infection is a process where something like virus, bacteria, parasite and fungus directly cause inflammation (infection). You follow the subtlety of the two words? ...Read more
Usually a few days: Usually will start getting better very fast and in a few days will be much better. ...Read more
Give it time: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so antibiotic eye drops are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course in 7-10 days. It can be very contagious, spreading from one eye to the other or to other people. Hand washing is essential. To be certain it is not a more serious bacterial or fungal infection, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Complete removal: Many eye infections associated with makeup are from incomplete removal of mascara, eyeliner, etc. It helps to use a lid scrub or dilute baby shampoo to follow any standard makeup remover. Sterilizing eyeliner pencils and sharpeners with alcohol can also prvent recurrent infections, but the best answer is to purchase small containers of makeup and change to fresh every 90 days. ...Read more
Eye protection: First and foremost - wear good eye protection and keep things out of your eyes. ...Read more
Hundreds: Yes they can be contagious. There are 100's of causes. The most common is viral, then bacterial, the fungal. ...Read more
Depends on the cause:
Eye infections are generaly caused by virus, bacteria or allergic reactions.
Viral infections generally have to run there coarse, much like a cold before it gets better. There are anti-viral drugs that may be indicated especially if it is a herpes infection with corneal involvement. Theses usually are painful with light sensitivity and decreased vision. These need to treated by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Corneal infiltrate: The white spot is more likely on the cornea (surface of eye), not the iris below the cornea. This can be serious. You need to see and eye doctor asap (and stop using your contact lens in that eye if you are using one). ...Read more
Combination effect: Tobramycin is commonly mixed with a steroid (usually dexamethasone) so that the effect on eye infection/inflammation is a joint effort of the two products. The tobramycin is a potent topical antibiotic effective against many bacteria. It will not treat viral eye infections. Your prescribing ophthalmologist can tell you why this is being given. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I get eye infections cronically and do not have a eye disease and also awesome vision. I have been using pink eye relief drops also not working well.
Not bacterial: If using eye drops for infection and not getting better then it is not an infection. Please see your eye doctor for the appropriate treament. ...Read more
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