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Can the eye doctor tell if you have a virus or a bacterial infection in your eyes?

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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
7 doctors agree

In brief: Ophthalmologist!

As an infectious diseases specialist, i refer patients to an ophthalmologist (not an optometrist!) since they have the medical knowledge to determine viral and bacterial infections of the eye, since it may require their expertise to sample the fluid within the eye (vitreous sampling) and to possible instill an anti-infective into the eye.

In brief: Ophthalmologist!

As an infectious diseases specialist, i refer patients to an ophthalmologist (not an optometrist!) since they have the medical knowledge to determine viral and bacterial infections of the eye, since it may require their expertise to sample the fluid within the eye (vitreous sampling) and to possible instill an anti-infective into the eye.
Dr. John Leander Po
Dr. John Leander Po
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Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually, but...

Examination at the microscope will often tell an ophthalmologist if a patient has a bacterial or viral infection.
However, sometimes, certain infections, particularly viral ones, take several weeks to show their classic appearances. It's not unusual for a patient to present with a non-specific redness or irritation that develops into something completely different after a few weeks.

In brief: Usually, but...

Examination at the microscope will often tell an ophthalmologist if a patient has a bacterial or viral infection.
However, sometimes, certain infections, particularly viral ones, take several weeks to show their classic appearances. It's not unusual for a patient to present with a non-specific redness or irritation that develops into something completely different after a few weeks.
Dr. David Speck
Dr. David Speck
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