Eye Infection

Eye infection can present as itchy and watery eyes, redness, swelling, eye discharge, burning sensation, eye irritation, teary eye, etc. Conjunctivitis or pink eye is the most common eye infection caused by bacteria or viruses. A stye is the infection of the eyelid causing lumps on the eyelid. Uveitis is the inflammation of the middle layer of the eye or uvea. Keratitis is a corneal inflammation and is common among contact lens users. Antimicrobial eye drops are used to treat and relieve the symptoms.

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I am suffering from an eye infection and rheumatoid arthritis. Is it curable?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from an eye infection (rheumatoid arthritis). My HLA b27 report is positive. What medicines should I take, Is it curable? If it is permanent what preventions I can take? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Bandivadekar Pooja Mohan

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Rheumatoid arthritis has a dry eye as an association which leads to frequent infections (Sjogren syndrome). There are two lines of treatment1. Controlling ocular dryness and inflammation.2. Controlling systemic inflammation.For ocular dryness, a combination of tear subst...  Read Full »

I used an ointment for an eye infection, but my eyes have become dry, itchy, and feel scratchy after I stopped using it. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I had an eye infection and used Neomycin and Polymoxin-B ointment for my eyes. The infection cleared up. And ever since I stopped the ointment two days ago, my eyes are so dry. They feel so scratchy like there is sand in them. I cannot wear my contacts. And my vision is blurry with my glas...  Read Full »

Dr. Sankaran Mathangee

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Based on the information provided, it looks like you had conjunctivitis and took treatment for the same. But you have not mentioned whether you took the medication over-the-counter or it was prescribed to you by...  Read Full »

I have been observing a pink fluidy appearance in the outer corners of both my eyes for the past few months. What treatment should I take?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having a tissue or fluidy appearance in the outer corner of both eyes. It is pink in color. I noticed it a few months ago and I do not remember it being like this since childhood. I will attach an image for better understanding. Please suggest me a treatment for it.  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and seen the image that you have attached (attachement removed to protect the patient's identity). The abnormal appearance in your eye can be due to two reasons - Firstly, it could be an enlarged lacrimal sac (dacryoadenitis). This is usually ...  Read Full »

Can pink eye spread through sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I have pink eye. Can I have sex with my wife as we are trying for pregnancy? Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Probably you have conjunctivitis and that is a communicable disease. So, I would not advise you get intimate with your wife for next 2-3 days till you get better. For further queries consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com...  Read Full »

How to get rid of white blood cells in my left eye which is showing mild redness and pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I checked my left eye for light sensitivity, mild redness, and pain. The optometrist said he saw a few white blood cells and dryness in the eye. His diagnosis was keratitis, but he said only to take the drops he prescribed (Tobradex). I am worried. Could the white blood cells present ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. The white blood cells in the anterior chamber of the eye signify uveitis. This needs treatment with steroid eyedrops. I suggest you continue using the eye drops as prescribed by your doctor. I hope this has helped ...  Read Full »

I am experiencing severe pain in my right eye, which is also watery, red, swollen, and photosensitive. Is it pink eye?

Query: Hi doctor,I am experiencing severe eye pain in my right eye that is radiating down into my jaw, to my neck, to my forehead, and my skull. My eye is watery, red, and extremely swollen, and I have developed extreme photosensitivity in the affected eye. I was told a few days ago that this was the pink ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It appears to be bacterial conjunctivitis. Use, 1. Moxifloxacin eye drop six times a day for two weeks. 2. Tobramycin eye drop four times a day for two weeks. 3. Carboxymethyl Cellulose eye drops 10 times a day for two weeks. 4. Polymixin and Chloramphenicol eye oin...  Read Full »

Can I sleep with contact lenses in the eyes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 16 years old, and I wear contact lenses. I have never really taken them off. I would sleep with the contact lenses in my eyes and I have started wearing them since I was 13 years old. I would change them, but I would not take them off, and I would go days. My vision gets worse wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Anand Yattinamani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It can be an infection, but one thing you must remember is contact lenses should ideally be used 8 to 10 hours a day. If you wear during sleep and for more than 10 hours a day, there is a possibility of the eyes developing infection and transparency of cornea getting d...  Read Full »

I have had a stye in my eyes for the past few days and it is not resolving with warm water rinses. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a stye in my eyes for the past few days. However, it did not resolve by using warm water. Can you suggest me a treatment for that? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below, 1. Do warm compresses instead of warm water. Take a clean cloth, dip it in bearable water and keep it on your closed eyelid for about ten minutes, thrice a...  Read Full »

How can my wife avoid passing on her eye infection to our child?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife has red eyes. We think that it is spreading to the other eye too. We visited an ophthalmologist, and she said that it was viral conjunctivitis. She has been prescribed Gatifloxacin eye drops four to five times a day and Moxicip ointment at night. This was three days back. How c...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Here are a few tips to avoid transmitting eye infections to those around you: Handle your child only when no one else can. Do wash your hands before and after instilling your eye drops. Wash your hands before handling your child (the most important step). Keep your h...  Read Full »

My eye got swollen after wearing contact lenses all day. Will it heal on its own?

Query: Hello doctor,I have scratched the cornea of my eye twice in the last two weeks. The first time was two weeks ago when I was wearing my contacts for an extended time (no more than normal) and started feeling severe pain, tearing, swelling of my right eye. It felt like the contact in my eye folded ove...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like you have a huge epithelial defect due to trauma caused by contact lenses. But the possibility of infection can only be ruled out by examining your eye. It would have been great if you would have attached a photograph but, let me suggest some medication ...  Read Full »

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