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  What is Eye Infection ?

Home Remedies for eye-infectionAn eye infection may be caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Although a lot less common, eye infections may also be caused as a result of fungal infection. There are various kinds of eye infections and the treatment for each differs. One of the most common eye infections is conjunctivitis caused by bacteria. Blepharitis which is an inflammation of the eyelid caused by the bacteria staphylococcal and styes which occur when the oil glands in the eyelid region get infected are also eye infections that are very common throughout the world. The eye is constantly exposed to many pathogens and an infection occurs when its natural defenses do not function properly. Infections can arise due to local or remote factors. Different causes may be responsible for eye infections such as immune deficiencies, trauma, surgery or poor hygiene.
Eye infections are extremely common and can affect individuals of any age group, gender, race or ethnicity. In most cases eye infections are not terribly serious, but the severity of the condition can vary greatly, and in severe cases may be even put your vision at risk. For this reason its best not to delay seeking an accurate diagnosis and the appropriate treatment. For most common eye infections, particularly in mild cases, home treatment with over the counter drugs or eye drops and home remedies should suffice to restore normalcy. If the condition does not respond or worsens however, you need to seek prompt medical treatment.

Eye Infection Causes:

  1. Most cases of eye infection are caused by bacteria that are normally present on the skin surface. The bacteria can then enter the eyes when there is some irritation or injury in the area. Eye infections can also occur due to bacteria that do not normally live on the skin and also due to viruses. These infections can spread when there is direct contact with an individual who is already affected with the condition.
  2. Touching objects that may be contaminated and then rubbing or touching the eyes can also transmit the disease. Sharing of personal items such as pillows, handkerchiefs, towels and cosmetics is another way in which an eye infection can be spread.
  3. Trauma to the eye, or eye surgery can increase the risk of developing eye infections.
  4. Allergies
  5. Wearing contact lens for long periods of time
  6. Improper cleaning or storage of contact lenses

Eye Infection Symptoms:

  1. Burning in the affected eye
  2. Irritation, which may include the sensation of a foreign object being lodged in the eye
  3. Pain
  4. Discharge. Bacterial eye infection symptoms may include a thick yellowish-green discharge
  5. Watering of the eyes and crusting along the eyelids
  6. Dryness of a sensation of grittiness in the eye
  7. Itching
  8. Redness and inflammation of the eyes
  9. Soreness
  10. Swelling of the eyelids and surrounding area of the eye

Eye Infection Preventions:

  1. Wash your hands frequently
  2. Use eye goggles to protect the eyes while swimming
  3. Avoid touching or squeezing a stye. Allow it to drain by itself.
  4. When using compresses to treat infections, ensure that you dispose of them immediately so that others do not come in contact with the contaminated objects.
  5. Avoid wearing makeup on the eyes when there is an infection. Also dispose of any old eye makeup and brushes and use new ones after the infection clears. Refrain from sharing such items with others.
  6. Do not share contact lens equipment, containers, or solutions and do not wear contact lenses until the infection has healed. After this, make sure you thoroughly clean your contacts before wearing them again, and replace your contact lens case.

Eye Infection Home Remedies:

  1. Warm compress: Eye infections such as a stye can be relieved by placing a warm compress over the affected eye. This helps to bring down the swelling and redness.
  2. Tea bag: You can also place a warm, moist tea bag over the eye. This can reduces the size of the stye due to the tanic acid present in tea.
  3. Coriander seeds: Natural eye washes are great for relieving irritation in the infected eye. An effective eye wash can be made by adding one teaspoon of coriander (Dhania) seeds to a cup of boiling water. Once it cools down, use to rinse the eyes. Such eye washes also make great home remedies for dry eyes.
  4. Saline water: Dry and irritated eyes due to allergies may also be treated using a saline solution. You can either purchase a saline solution over the counter or make one by adding a teaspoon of table salt to a quart of distilled water. Add drops of the solution into the eyes.
   
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