Eye infections can cause redness, tearing and drainage. Drainage is often watery or a yellow-green pus. The drainage can be very contagious and is often treated with antibiotic eye drops that are prescribed by a doctor. They work by killing the bacteria that enter the eye and cause the infection. Bacterial conjunctivitis is one of the most common types of bacterial eye infections. It is easily spread among children in school and daycare. Sleeping in contacts and wearing dirty contacts can also lead to bacterial eye infections. This can be easily prevented by using proper contact lens care to avoid infection. If you think you have any type of eye infection, see a doctor.
Symptoms of eye infection include:
- Swollen eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Drainage (yellow-green pus or watery eyes).
Here are a few things to remember about antibiotic eye drops:
- Do not use anyone else’s prescription
- Take the full course. Do not stop early without consulting your doctor, even if your symptoms have improved
- Do not keep unused prescriptions around to use later.
If you believe you have an eye infection, please schedule an appointment with one of our primary eye care providers.