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What Does An Eye Infection Look Like?

What is eye infection?

Eye infections may cause the whites to turn pink, eyelids to swell, or a clear or greenish discharge from the tear ducts.
Eye infections may cause the whites to turn pink, eyelids to swell, or a clear or greenish discharge from the tear ducts.

Eye infection is a condition in which a virus, bacteria or any other microbial agents may infect the eye. This can cause itching around the eyes, or the eyes may turn pink. The infection can affect the following parts of the eye:

  • Eyelid
  • Cornea (a clear surface that covers outside of the iris)
  • Conjunctiva (a thin, moist area that covers the inside of the eyelids and outer part of the eye)

What are some common eye infections?

Some common eye infections include:

What are the symptoms of eye infections?

The symptoms may be present in one or both the eyes. The patient may experience the following symptoms in and around the eye:

What does an eye infection look like?

An eye infection may bring about the following changes in the eye:

  • A pink tint in the whites of the eye
  • Swollen red or purple eyelids
  • Crusty lashes or lids
  • Discharge of fluids which may be yellow, green or clear

What are the complications of eye infections?

The complications of an eye infection include:

  • Orbital cellulitis is the infection of the tissues surrounding the eyeball. This may be a consequence of rubbing or popping a stye.
  • Dacryocystitis: Inflammation and blockage of the eye’s tear drainage system.
  • Corneal ulcer: Blister on the eye.

If left untreated, these conditions can result in:

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Reviewed on 8/6/2020
References
Medscape Medical Reference



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