Bacterial Eye Infections
- Q What increases my risk for a stye?
Poor hygiene involving your eye increases your risk for a stye. This includes failing to clean your contact lenses properly, wearing make-up to bed without washing it off, or using eye make-up that has expired. Since styes are also linked to blepharitis,... Full Answer
- Q Are over-the-counter medications available for blepharitis?
Eye lubricants and artificial tears are over-the-counter medications that are available to help treat blepharitis. Gently cleaning the eyelids with a cloth using a dilute solution of baby shampoo and warm water is also available. In addition, warm... Full Answer
- Q Are there alternative treatments for styes?
The most common treatment for styes doesn't involve medications or doctors; most often, styes go away on their own. You can also help them to rupture and drain by pressing a hot cloth on the affected eye for several minutes a few times every day. No... Full Answer
- Q How do medications treat ophthalmia neonatorum?
One cause of ophthalmia neonatorum is an infection caused by a virus or bacteria in the eyes. In these cases, eye drops or an ointment are likely to be used to fight off the infectious agent. These drops will either be an antibiotic, if the cause is... Full Answer
- Q Should I talk to my doctor about ophthalmia neonatorum symptoms?
If your newborn experiences swelling and redness of the eyes, you should talk with your doctor about the possible presence of ophthalmia neonatorum. Symptoms may worsen to include a discharge of blood or pus. If the cause of the condition is a virus or... Full Answer
- Q Is there a cure for ophthalmia neonatorum?
In many cases, ophthalmia neonatorum will clear up within days or weeks, either on its own or with mild treatment. In cases where the condition is caused by a virus or bacteria, the use of a prescribed medicated ointment or eye drops can clear the... Full Answer
- Q What is the duration of ophthalmia neonatorum?
The duration of ophthalmia neonatorum can range from a few days to months, depending on the cause of the condition. If a virus or bacteria has caused an infection in the eyes and is not treated by an antibiotic or antiviral medication, then the condition... Full Answer
- Q What are the symptoms of ophthalmia neonatorum?
Ophthalmia neonatorum is marked by redness and swelling of one or both eyes in newborn babies. The lining of the eyelid can become inflamed and sensitive. A discharge that can include blood or pus develops within a week or two of birth. Full Answer
- Q Are there alternative treatments for ophthalmia neonatorum?
In some cases, ophthalmia neonatorum will go away without specific medical treatment. If the eyes are exhibiting a discharge, it should be wiped off with a clean and soft cloth. Compresses, either warm or cool, can be used to soothe irritation of the... Full Answer
- Q What are the treatment options for ophthalmia neonatorum?
Treatment options for ophthalmia neonatorum depend on the cause of the condition. In cases caused by a blocked tear duct, the application of a warm, wet cloth can help clear the blockage. If the duct remains blocked, surgery may be needed. If there is a... Full Answer