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Eye Infections

Eyes can develop infections from bacteria, fungi or viruses. Eye infections can occur in different parts of the eye and can affect just one eye or both.

Symptoms of eye infections may include redness, itching, swelling, discharge, pain, or problems with vision. Treatment depends on the cause of the infection and may include compresses, eye drops, ointments or antibiotics.

Symptoms

One of the most common eye infections is conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, and characterized by redness, irritation and discharge. As the following symptom chart shows, certain symptoms are common to several different kinds of eye infections.

 
Bacterial
keratitis
Fungal
keratitis
Herpes
keratitis
Conjunctivitis
(“pink eye”)
Eyelid
infection
Reduced vision
x
       
Blurred vision  
x
x
x
 
Pain in the eye
x
x
x
x
 
Sudden pain in the eye
x
       
Increased light sensitivity
x
x
x
   
Lump on the eyelid        
x
Tearing
x
x
x
x
 
Excessive tearing or discharge from your eye
x
x
 
x
 
Crusting of the eyelashes in the morning      
x
 
Redness  
x
x
x
 
Irritation    
x
 
x
Itchiness      
x
 
Discharge    
x
x
 
Foreign body sensation      
x