Eye Infections

Eye Infections Specialist
Eye infections develop when pathogens grow and multiply in your eyes, causing a variety of painful symptoms. Dr. Marvin Weitzman can diagnose eye infections and provide effective treatment to patients. He can also evaluate the eye to determine whether the infection has caused damage. To make an appointment with Dr. Weitzman, please contact Sorrento Valley Optometric Center in San Diego, California, today.

Eye Infections Q & A

What is an eye infection?

An eye infection is a condition that occurs when harmful pathogens, such as viruses, bacteria, or fungi, enter any part of the eye and multiply. These infections can cause many different symptoms, including:

  • Discharge
  • Redness
  • Eye pain
  • Swelling
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Itching
  • Dry or watery eyes

Depending on the situation, you may experience these symptoms in one or both of your eyes.

What causes eye infections?

Eye infections can occur because of several different pathogens. One of the most common eye infections is conjunctivitis, or pink eye. This infection can be caused by a virus or a bacteria and tends to be very contagious.

Other common eye infections include ocular herpes, fungal keratitis, and Acanthamoeba keratitis. Dr. Weitzman can determine which type of infection you have.

What treatments are available?

If you come to Dr. Weitzman with the symptoms of an eye infection, he begins by examining your eye to determine the type of infection you’ve contracted. He also rules out other conditions that may cause similar symptoms. After Dr. Weitzman diagnoses your infection, he recommends treatment options.

The treatment he recommends depends on the type of infection you have. For example, if your infection is caused by bacteria, Dr. Weitzman may prescribe an antibiotic. If the infection is caused by a fungus, he may prescribe an antifungal. Viral infections usually go away on their own, but Dr. Weitzman may offer medications to help with symptoms.

How long does it take for eye infections to go away?

Different types of eye infections respond to treatment in different ways. Dr. Weitzman can tell you how long it should take for your eye infection to clear up. If you still experiencing symptoms after your treatment is completed, contact Dr. Weitzman for guidance.

How can I prevent eye infections?

To prevent eye infections:

  • Avoid contact with infected people
  • Wash your hands before inserting contact lenses
  • Don’t swim while wearing contacts
  • Care for your contact lenses as directed

If you have symptoms of an eye infection, see Dr. Weitzman as soon as possible to get the treatment you need and reduce the risk of serious complications.

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