best replica watches: Replica Patek Philippe, replica hublot watches and Imitation Rolex.

Scottsdale Optical
Eye Infections header image
HOME arrow Eye Infections
Eye Infections

Red Irritated Eyes

Eye infections are characterized by discharge and usually crusting around the eyelid. This can sometimes cause the eyelid to be stuck shut in the morning. The eye is usually red and feels irritated like something is in it. Usually these symptoms come on quickly, within a day or two. It may spread from one eye to the next. The two most common causes of eye infections are bacteria and viruses. Here in Arizona because of the dry climate we have very few true "Pink Eye" infections from viruses. We have many more bacterial eye infections.

The textbook example of "Pink Eye," is caused by a virus that can spread from person to person very easy. The virus infection last about one week and then goes away. Much like catching a common cold. The virus infections tend to have more watery discharge rather than mucus or puss like discharge of bacterial infections. People who wear contact lenses tend to get more bacterial infections and they can be very serious and they should stop wearing contacts immediately.


The first step of treatment is to determine the cause. There are subtle differences between the causes of the eye infection that can be observed with a microscope called a slit-lamp in the office. Once the suspected cause is determined the treatments are:

Viral Eye Infections - Usually consist of relief of symptoms with artificial tears and cool compresses. If the symptoms are more sever then prescription eye drops can further relieve them.

Bacterial Eye Infections - Since this is caused by bacteria, antibiotics will kill the bacteria and make the infection get better. All of the antibiotic eye drops require a prescription and there are many different types of drops and ointments. Most of the drop require you to put one drop in the eye four times a day. The drops are comfortable and are well tolerated.

We use the above three general methods to treat your dry eye. Patients that have more severe dry eye may need all three to keep their eyes moist.