What do eye doctors do when treating infection?

Antibiotics. Like all doctors, we usually use antibiotics if its bacterial, and antiviral meds , if its a treatable virus..... Of course unlike other doctors, most of our medications come in eye drops.

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Do eye doctors only do eye exams? Do they treat infections?

Of course! An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (md or od) and a surgeon. We treat everything from glasses to injury, infection, cataracts, retinal detachments etc. Much more than just infections. Read more...
No, yes. Eye doctors focus on diagnostic and therapeutics for the eyes, but eyes are manifestations of systemic disease so they can treat infections and other things. Based on a physician's comfort level and access or lack thereof to specialists, they will do other things. Read more...

Need doctor's help! What do eye doctors do when looking for infection?

Begins with the... history. Sometimes information like contact lens wear, trauma, access to debris in the eye etc can give information on what type of infection it may be. Then evaluation of the eye through a slit lamp can help with the diagnosis. If there is a significant infection like a corneal ulcer, sometimes a culture of the eye will be taken to give a definitive diagnosis for proper treatment. Good luck! Read more...