Eye infections can be caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses. Eye infections can invade your eye and surrounding areas. The most well knows eye infection is pink eye or conjunctivitis.


  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Dry Eyes
  • Blurry Vision
  • Swelling
  • Eye Gunk / Discharge
  • Watery Eyes

Causes and Types of Eye Infections

Eye infections are typically viral, fungal or bacterial.

–          Pink Eye or conjunctivitis  – This is a common and highly contagious eye infection that is common among children. This is transmitted through contact and can quickly spread through classrooms and work places.

–          Keratitis – which can be viral and fungal.

–          Acanthamoeba Keratitis – This is a parasite that can cause loss of vision. Contact lens wearers are at increased risk and should observe safety tips like not swimming with contact and or disinfecting contact lenses immediately after.

–          Endophthalmitis – This is an eye infection that has penetrated into the eye. Endophthalmitis can lead to blindness without treatment with antibiotics. This can occur with an eye injury including complications from eye surgery.

Contact Lens wearers are at increased risk of eye infections and should follow proper contact lens care and manufacture instructions to reduce risk.


Anytime you suspect an eye infection you should always visit your eye doctor for a medical eye exam. Medical eye exams are typically covered by health insurance even if you do not have vision insurance.

If you wear contacts you should wear normal glasses until you see your eye doctor.

Bacterial eye infections are typically treatable and clear up easily with antibiotic eye drops, ointments and compresses.

Viral eye infection typically are typically treated with steroid cream or drop to reduce inflammation. Viral infections can require time to resolve.

Your doctor should create a treatment plan specific to your condition including follow up appointments. If you condition worsens or changes contact your eye doctor immediately.


Avoid contact with people with red eye including sharing towels and bedding with family with an eye infection.

Avoid touching your eye without washing your hands first.

Contact lens care and safety.

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