Eye Injuries & Infections

Several diseases affect the eye, either directly or as part of a system-wide problem. Often serious, these conditions require immediate professional Eye Infection | Vision Care SpecialistsColorado eye care to preserve your vision.  Thanks to modern advances in eye care knowledge and technologies, most eye conditions and diseases are treatable by a Vision Care Specialists’ eye doctor.

Eye Injuries

It’s estimated 2.4 million eye injuries occur in the U.S. every year, and nearly 1 million Americans have lost some degree of eyesight from eye injuries.

Experts say wearing safety glasses and taking other simple precautions can prevent or reduce the severity of more than 90 percent of these injuries.  The most common injuries and where they occur are:

At work

  • Flying objects (bits of metal, glass, plastic)
  • Wind -blown particles
  • Tools
  • Chemicals

At home

  • Chemicals/cleaners
  • Mascara brushes
  • Lawn and garden tools
  • Toys and games with hard or sharp edges

At play

  • Bat, stick, racket, ball, or puck are some examples
  • Blunt trauma that occurs during activities can be quite serious and may result in a detachment of the retina, which can result in serious vision loss.

Our active community can increase the risk of Denver eye injuries.

Treatments

  • Call our office any time at 303-991-9600 to reach our on-call Denver eye care specialist.
  • If you wear contact lenses, tell the doctor, who will advise you about whether to remove them or not.
  • If you work with chemicals, flush the eyes with water or, ideally, a sterile saline wash to rinse out the offending agent as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
  • When in doubt, treat all eye injuries as a potential emergency and contact your Vision Care Specialists eye doctor immediately.
  • Whether you may need prescription eye drops, a referral to a specialist, or simply reassurance, it is best to have a professional Denver eye care physician provide the best treatment plan.

 

Vision Care Specialists is the most experienced practice in the Rocky Mountain Region.  Our Colorado eye doctors and exceptional staff provide you with the widest array of current options for optimizing your vision.

Call today at 303-991-9600 or request an appointment online

 

Eye Infections

Colorado eye infections occur when harmful microorganisms of any sort invade some part of the eye itself or the surrounding tissue.  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 eyes.

Symptoms

  • Red eyes
  • Pain
  • Thick, discolored  discharge
  • Watery eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Swollen eyes or areas around the eye
  • Persistent itching
  • Blurry vision.
  • Scratchy sensation

Causes & Types

  • Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a highly contagious infection that is usually caused by viral (i.e. herpes, flu, etc.) or bacterial (i.e. strep, staph, pseudomonas,  influenza, etc.) organisms.
  • Fungal keratitis is an infection of the cornea caused by fungus found on organic matter, such as a tree branch.  Because of our dry climate, fungal Colorado eye infections are not common.
  • Acanthamoeba is a sight-threatening parasitic infection which can be promoted by swimming or using a hot tub while wearing contact lenses.
  • Endophthalmitis occurs when a bacteria, virus, or fungus penetrates the exterior of the eye and causes a more severe infection inside the eye.

Treatments

  • Most common bacterial eye infections can be cleared up by treatment with properly dosed antibiotic drops or ointment.
  • Viral infections often require antiviral medications, which may be administered in drop or oral form.
  • There are many different causes for eye infections and the most appropriate treatment is determined by your eye care physician’s exam findings
  • Anytime you suspect an eye infection, you should contact your Colorado eye doctor for the most effective resolution.

 

Prevention

Eye infections are most commonly spread by hand-to-eye contact, infections traveling from the sinuses, or through poor eye hygiene (especially contact-lens hygiene).  In order to limit the spread of Colorado eye infections, you should:

  • Regularly wash your hands, face and around your eyes
  • Practice good eye hygiene when using contact lenses
  • Do not share eye drops
  • Do not share eye makeup & replace old eye makeup
  • Do not share towels, linens, pillows, or handkerchiefs
  • Wear eye sunglasses and protective goggles to guard your eyes against the elements

 

Vision Care Specialists is the most experienced practice in the Rocky Mountain Region.  Our Colorado eye doctors and exceptional staff provide you with the widest array of current options for optimizing your vision.


Call today at 303-991-9600 or request an appointment online