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What are symptoms of an eye infection?

Eye infection symptoms may include some or all of the following:
  • red eye
  • discharge
  • pain
  • loss of vision
There are a variety of symptoms that may indicate an eye infection. The eye may develop redness or pain. It is also possible to have drainage, which may be similar to pus, from the eye. Sometimes, eye infections cause sensitivity to light or even blurry vision.
Eye infections can occur in the eye itself (for example, in the cornea or iris), or in the skin and tissue around the eye. They are caused by bacteria, a virus or a fungus, and can affect one or both eyes. Diagnosis and treatment of eye infections is critical to prevent eye damage and vision loss. Symptoms of an eye infection include:
  • Redness in or around the eye
  • Itching, pain or burning
  • Swelling
  • Discharge or weeping from the eye
  • Vision problems, such as blurred vision or vision loss
  • A white ring in the cornea
  • Fever
  • Reduced ability to move the eye

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