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Keratitis and conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, are two of the most common forms of eye infections. People who have small children who attend daycare or elementary school are often on the lookout for cases of pinkeye. Pink eye is easily spread from person to person and is most commonly found throughout schools and groups where small children spend time interacting with one another. The germs spread easily, especially among children who forget to wash their hands. Eye infections may also be caused by other illnesses that begin to break down the body's immune system, leaving the eyes susceptible to various types of infections.
Eye infections are characterized by itching, redness, mild swelling, and heavy tearing. A person may carry a low-grade fever and not quite feel like themselves. During the first few days of an eye infection, the person may be extremely photosensitive. This means that being in bright light can be extremely uncomfortable. Over time, the photosensitivity may begin to decrease, but the eyes still may tear excessively and feel extremely irritated. The eyes may ooze puss or become matted as a person sleeps. As the eye begins to heal, the matting will gradually decrease although mild irritation may remain for several days.
Eye infections can be treated in different ways. Oral antibiotics may be prescribed if the eye infection is accompanied by other infections throughout the body. Eye drops are often prescribed to help minimize the redness and irritation. In most cases, once the infection has been taken care of, the excess tearing will begin to decrease as the eyes continue to heal. The eyes may feel irritated for several days, but the redness and other outward signs may begin to disappear as soon as the person starts taking the medication. Most eye infections do not cause lasting problems with vision, although rubbing the eyes excessively may lead to scratches on the cornea.
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