Eye Infection Treatment in Greensboro
MEDIQ Urgent Care Serves Greensboro, Jamestown, and High Point, NC
Eye infections can not only be very painful and discomforting, but they can also be quite terrifying. Nobody wants to risk losing their vision – even if it’s just temporarily due to the infection, after all. If you think that you are suffering from an eye infection, then you’ll want to seek medical attention. You can receive eye infection treatment in Greensboro by walking into our MEDIQ Urgent Care clinic with or without an appointment – whichever is most convenient for you.
What is an eye infection?
There are a number of different types of eye infections that can be caused by a number of different things, including viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. Eye infections are typically classified by the part of the eye that’s inflamed – for example, conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the membrane of your inner eyelid as well as the inner corner of the surface of the eye. Inflammation can also occur in the eyelid, the cornea, the retina and more.
Eye infections are also classified by what’s causing them. For example, OHS is caused by a fungus and results in the blood supply of the retina being attacked. Eye infections can also be caused by STDs, tuberculosis, leprosy, lyme disease and more.
Out of all the different eye infections, conjunctivitis is the most common. It’s often referred to as pink eye and is found more commonly in children. It’s caused by a virus that is contagious and that can be spread from the eye to the hands through surfaces that people touch.
Symptoms of eye infections such as conjunctivitis include redness, itching, discharge, crusting of the eyelid, pain, a sensation like there is sand in the eye, photosensitivity, swollen eyelids and constant involuntary blinking.
Eye infection treatment in Greensboro
If you think that you have an eye infection, then you can receive treatment at our MEDIQ Urgent Care clinic in Greensboro. The first thing that we will do is diagnose the problem. The eye will be carefully inspected and if there is pus or discharge, it may be cultured to identify the organism. You may also be tested for common diseases, such as herpes simplex or chlamydia.
Viral conjunctivitis will usually improve after a few days without treatment. However, the doctor may prescribe broad-spectrum antibiotics to help clear up any viral issues and symptoms. If you’ve tested positive for diseases like chlamydia or gonorrhea, specific antibiotics will be prescribed to treat and cure these diseases. If the eye infection is caused by a fungus or parasite, the doctor will be able to treat it with a variety of medications.
More serious causes for your eye infection, such as syphilis or tuberculosis, need to be treated for the body before the eye problems will go away.
If you are suffering from symptoms of an eye infection, be sure to contact us at MEDIQ Urgent Care in order to schedule an appointment. If you prefer walking in without an appointment, consider pre-registering online to make future walk-ins more convenient.