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Questions and Answers on Eye Infections

We asked Dr. Parker some questions about Eye Infections. Here is what he had to say:

Q. What is an eye infection?

A: An infection is usually caused by a bacteria or virus. The majority are caused by a virus and sometimes are commonly called pink eye. The signs or symptoms are red inflamed watery eyes.

The signs or symptoms of a bacterial infection would be red eyes with a yellow discharge that may make your eyelids stick together. More common in infants and sometimes the elderly

Q. What should I do if I spill chemicals in my eye?

A: you want to flush your eye immediately with eye wash or if not available then you should use water- you want to flush the eye as soon as possible and then see your optometrist

Q. What should I do if I get sand, metal, or wood, in my eyes?

A: Try to rinse your eyes out first. If you feel pain or feel like you have scratched your eye see your optometrist right away

Q. I am seeing spots or floating colors suddenly

A: You should see your optometrist and have your eyes dilated to rule out a more serious retinal problem

Q. Are eye infections dangerous?

A: Left untreated eye infections can spread to surrounding tissue and become more serious.

Q. Can my child go to school with an eye infection?

A: If your child has a viral infection this can be highly contagious and you should consider keeping your child out of school for 3-4 days, see your optometrist to assess the degree of infection and he or she can recommend how long your child should be out.

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