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Treatment and Prevention of Eye Infections

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Treatment and Prevention of Eye Infections

Eye infections must be promptly treated in order to avoid complications.

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Early treatment of eye infections reduces complications and prevents loss of vision, which could be caused by the infection.

Treatment of eye infection includes the following:

  • Bacterial infection is treated with topical antibiotics. The choice of the antibiotic depends upon the infecting organism. In case the organism is not known, a broad-spectrum antibiotic is prescribed. Severe infection may also require systemic antibiotics.
Eye Infection Antibiotics
  • Viral infections are treated with oral or topical antiviral drugs. Viral conjunctivitis usually recovers with symptomatic treatment alone.
  • Styes and dacryocystitis are treated with warm compresses and local antibiotics. A mild surgery may be needed in some cases.
  • Cases of orbital and periorbital cellulitis and endophthalmitis often require hospital admission.
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Prevention of Eye Infections

Eye infections may be prevented to some extent by following some simple tips:

Eye Infection Personal hygiene
  • If you use contact lenses, never share lens solution and containers with anyone and clean properly before and after use.
  • Keep an anti-bacterial lotion or hand sanitizer when you go outdoors.

References:

  1. Common Eye Infections - (http://www.intechopen.com/books/common-eye-infections)
  2. KEEPING AN EYE ON INFECTIONS - (http://www.diabetes.org.sg/resources/0709-keeping.pdf)
  3. Treatment of Blood Clots - (http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/106/20/e138.full)
  4. Blood Clots and Strokes: A Guide for Parents and Little Folks - By Maureen Andrew, Maureen Andrew

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