Eye and ear infections are very common. According to the Centers for Disease Control, eye infection affects 1 in 25 people every year. An ear infection is even more common, with 50% of children will have at least one episode by age 3 years old.
Dr. Naval Parikh has experienced eye infection symptoms in the past, so he knows what it’s like to live with eye or ear pain. This article will help you understand eye and ear infections better so that you can take steps to prevent them from happening.
What is Eye Infection?
An eye infection is an inflammation or irritation of the eye. The eye can become infected very easily by a virus, bacteria or fungus. If left untreated eye infections can result in vision loss or blindness.
Types of Eye Infections
The following are some common eye infections:
Bacterial Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
The most common eye infection, bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria that can live on the eye and spread to other people when you rub your eye or share towels. Symptoms include eye redness, discharge, itching and burning sensation.
Less common eye infections, allergies can also cause eye redness and itchiness. This type of infection is usually triggered by pollen or dust in the air.
When your eyes don’t produce enough tears, you may experience dry eye symptoms like eye irritation and light sensitivity.
Blepharitis (Inflamed Eyelids)
Inflammation of the eyelid can cause redness, swelling and crusty discharge around the eye.
Dacryocystitis (Infected Tear Duct)
Inflammation or infection of the small passage that carries tears from your eye to your nose can cause eye redness and pain. If left untreated, dacryocystitis may lead to a blocked tear duct. You must see an eye doctor for this eye infection.
Causes eye infections
There are many eye infection causes. Some of the most common eye infections include:
Bacteria or Viruses
These germs can enter your eyes from a person with an eye infection, a towel you use to dry your eyes or even fingers that accidentally touch your eye when rubbing it. Not washing hands properly is one of the most common eyes infection causes.
If your eye doesn’t produce enough tears, it’s more likely to become infected with bacteria or a virus that can live on the eye and spread when you touch it. This is why people who wear contact lenses are at high risk for eye infections since their contacts cause dry eyes.
Common eye allergies include hay fever and dust. If you’re allergic to something in the air, your eye may become irritated and infected if you rub it or touch it with a contaminated hand. Not wearing goggles when working around hazardous materials can also cause an eye infection.
If you injure your eye, bacteria can enter the eye and cause an eye infection. This is why doctors advise that people who injure their eyes should see a doctor right away for eye injury treatment.
More eye infection causes:
You can also get eye infections from eye surgery, contact lenses and eye makeup. If you wear eye makeup or contacts that are not clean they may pass bacteria to your eyes which can result in an eye infection.
Eye Infection Symptoms
Eye Infection Symptoms include:
- Redness of eyes/face
- Discharge from eye
- Itchiness of eye/face
- Soreness around eye or head
- Light sensitivity
- Pain in the eye
How to Prevent Eye Infections?
- Wash your hands regularly, especially before touching or rubbing the eye.
- Don’t share towels with others.
- Do not wear eye makeup that is old and has germs on it (if you use eye cosmetics).
- If you use contact lenses, make sure they are clean and change them regularly according to the package instructions. If you get eye infections often, you may need to use different contact lens solutions.
- Do not wear eye makeup or eye contact with eye infections (if you have eye allergies).
- Keep your room clean and free of dust.
Eye Infection Treatment By Dr. Naval Parikh
- Dr. Naval Parikh has helped many patients get rid of their eye infections quickly and safely.
- Dr. Naval Parikh can treat eye allergies to improve eye health.
- He will prescribe eye drops or eye ointment for your eye infection depending on the type of germ causing it, how bad it is and where it is located in the eye. You may need antibiotics if you have an eye infection caused by a virus or bacteria.
- In some cases, eye surgery may be required to drain an eye infection causing fluid buildup around the eye and inside your eyelid.
- Dr. Naval Parikh will also provide eye injury treatment if you have injured your eye and are experiencing eye infection symptoms.
What is Ear Infection?
An ear infection is a common ear problem in children and adults. It is caused by either viruses or bacteria. Ear infection can be easily treated with antibiotics if it’s a bacterial ear infection but viral infections are not that easy to treat and you need to bear the pain till your body fights back on its own against this ear problem.
It affects the middle part of our ear behind the eardrum, known as the Eustachian tube or auditory tube which connects the outer ear to the throat.
What Causes an Ear Infection?
Many factors may cause an eye infection such as:
- Germs from a cold or sore throat.
- Low immunity due to stress/fatigue.
- Not cleaning ear properly.
- Getting water in the ear when swimming/bathing.
Ear Infection Symptoms
Ear Infection Symptoms include:
- Pain in one of the ears
- Cold and cough (if it’s viral ear infection)
- Discharge from ear
- Earache or fullness in the ear
How to Prevent Ear Infection?
- Do not put anything in the ear.
- Clean ears regularly after swimming/bathing.
- Keep your nasal passages clear and breathe through the nose when suffering from cold or flu.
- Avoid earbuds that are inserted into the ear canal.
Ear Infection Treatment By Dr. Naval Parikh
Dr. Naval Parikh can help provide ear injury treatment to treat eye infection symptoms caused by an eye problem, such as eye surgery or eye trauma that has left you with pain in your eyes. His more services are:
1- Dr. Naval Parikh will prescribe antibiotics for bacterial infections and antiviral medication if the cause of your eye infection is a virus (cold or flu).
2- He will provide eye allergy treatment to improve eye health. Eye allergies are usually treated with eye drops or ointments that you apply to your eyes each day for several days.
3- Dr. Naval Parikh also provides ear surgery, middle ear infection treatment and tinnitus treatment (ringing of the ears) if necessary.
4- If eye trauma has caused your eye infection, Dr. Naval Parikh can also provide eye injury treatment for the same. Eye injuries are usually treated with antibiotics and pain medication to treat eye infection symptoms caused by an eye problem such as a laceration or foreign body in the eye that causes you severe pain while trying to open your eye.
5- He will provide eye surgery treatment to fix eye problems, such as cataracts and glaucoma that may cause eye infections if left untreated or undiagnosed for a long time.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Naval Parikh Clinic:
Address: 1 West Sample Road, Suite 201. Deerfield Beach, Florida. 33064.
Phone: (954) 782-3170