Eye Infection Treatment Questions and Answers
Eye infections are uncomfortable and painful to deal with but they also inevitably make you want to avoid eye contact with every person you come across at all costs. Our board-certified physicians at Reddy Urgent Care can provide you with effective, fast, and expert treatment! For more information, call us. We serve patients from Huntington Beach CA, Fountain Valley CA, Midway City CA, Seal beach CA, Costa Mesa CA, Westminster CA.
What is the best antibiotic for an eye infection?
The best antibiotic for an eye infection depends on the particular kind of eye infection you have contracted! For example, there is no right antibiotic for a viral eye infection because they are ineffective for such infections. Antibiotics are typically only prescribed for bacterial infections. For bacterial eye infections, antibiotic eye drops are often prescribed. When you come to Reddy Urgent Care for bacterial eye infection treatment, our board-certified physicians will provide you with the best antibiotic possible, given your medical history, allergies you have, and any medications you are taking, to fight off the infection as safely, quickly, and thoroughly as possible!
How long do eye infections last?
While most eye infections last anywhere from a few days to two weeks, some can last for months at a time. Infections such as conjunctivitis (pink eye), orbital cellulitis, or endophthalmitis typically last for seven to 14 days with proper treatment. For the latter two infections, they can lead to severe complications if left untreated, such as meningitis or blindness, which would prolong the infection’s effects. Other infections like blepharitis or posterior uveitis can become chronic and last for several months, especially if caused by an underlying condition.
What does an eye infection look like?
Despite the wide range of severity with eye infections, from mild to potentially life-threatening, the symptoms are relatively uniform across that range. As such, it is important to seek medical attention for any eye infection you experience. If you have an eye infection, your eye will likely be affected in the following ways:
- Green, yellow, or clear discharge (thick if bacterial, watery if viral), causing eyelashes and lids to crust over or stick together, especially in the morning
- Pink or reddish color in the whites of your eyes
- Swollen eyelids, that are sometimes red or purple in color
Can an eye infection spread to the brain?
While rare, severe cases of orbital cellulitis or endophthalmitis can spread to the brain, causing meningitis, which can become life-threatening if not treated promptly. However, the infection must first spread from the cornea to the back portion of the eye for this to occur. Orbital cellulitis occurs when the soft tissues and fat that hold the eye in its socket become infected and is most commonly caused by streptococcus or staphylococcus bacteria. With regard to endophthalmitis, the interior of the eye becomes inflamed, commonly as a result of eye surgery or an infected eye laceration or wound. While it is important to take eye infections seriously in case they progress into conditions with severe complications, it is quite rare for any eye infection to spread to the brain.
If you live near Huntington Beach, California, and seek expert eye infection treatment, our board-certified physicians at Reddy Urgent Care have all of the expertise required to provide that for you! For a walk-in appointment, we invite you to come to 7772 Warner Ave, Suite 103, in Huntington Beach, CA, during the hours of 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM from Monday through Friday and from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM every Saturday and Sunday.