Your eyes can get infections from bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Eye infections can occur in different parts of the eye and can affect just one eye or both. Two common eye infections are
- Conjunctivitis - also known as pinkeye. Conjunctivitis is often due to an infection. Children frequently get it, and it is very contagious.
- Stye - a bump on the eyelid that happens when bacteria from your skin get into the hair follicle of an eyelash.
Symptoms of eye infections may include redness, itching, swelling, discharge, pain, or problems with vision. Treatment depends on the cause of the infection and may include compresses, eye drops, creams, or antibiotics.
- Ensuring Safe Use of Contact Lens Solution (Food and Drug Administration)
- Acanthamoeba Keratitis FAQs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Bacterial Keratitis (American Academy of Ophthalmology) Available in Spanish
- Blepharitis (National Eye Institute)
- Cellulitis (American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus) Available in Spanish
- Dacryocystitis (Merck & Co., Inc.)
- Endophthalmitis (Merck & Co., Inc.)
- Fungal Keratitis (American Academy of Ophthalmology) Available in Spanish
- Herpes Keratitis (American Academy of Ophthalmology) Available in Spanish
- JAMA Patient Page: Trachoma (American Medical Association) - PDF
- River Blindness (Lighthouse International)
- Shingles (American Academy of Family Physicians) Available in Spanish
- Sty (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
Pictures & Photographs
- Blepharitis (Logical Images)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Eye Infections (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: HLA-A02:01-restricted epitopes identified from the herpes simplex virus tegument protein...
- Article: Phenotypic and functional characterization of herpes simplex virus glycoprotein B...
- Article: Morphological characteristics of conjunctival squamous papillomas in relation to human...
- Eye Infections -- see more articles
- Glossary of Terms (Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology)
- Colored Contact Lens Dangers (American Academy of Ophthalmology)
- Using Eye Makeup (American Academy of Ophthalmology)
- Blepharitis Available in Spanish
- Corneal ulcers and infections Available in Spanish
- Cytomegalovirus retinitis Available in Spanish
- Dacryoadenitis Available in Spanish
- Endophthalmitis Available in Spanish
- Eye burning - itching and discharge Available in Spanish
- Eye redness Available in Spanish
- Meibomianitis Available in Spanish
- Orbital cellulitis Available in Spanish
- Parinaud oculoglandular syndrome Available in Spanish
- Periorbital cellulitis Available in Spanish
- Slit-lamp exam Available in Spanish
- Trachoma Available in Spanish