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Many eye infections are linked to poor hygiene in handling contact lenses. Always wash your hands before handling your contacts.
Bacteria, fungi and viruses can all cause infections in your eyes. Sometimes only 1 eye is affected. Sometimes both are infected. The 2 most common eye infections are:
- Viral Conjunctivitis or "pink eye." This is very contagious and very common in children.
- Stye is a bump on your eyelid. It is caused by bacteria on your skin infecting one of the follicles of your eyelashes.
- Decreased vision
- Bump on the eyelid
- Eye “crustiness” first thing in the morning
- Greater sensitivity to light
Eye infections are relatively easy to treat. Treatment options include:
- Cold compresses
- Antibiotic eye drops or ointments
- Avoiding contact lens wear
- Oral antibiotics
- Steroid eye drops
It is important to diagnose and treat an eye infection early. Although many eye infections are only annoying and not dangerous to your eye, there are serious eye infections like microbial keratitis. These require immediately treatment.