Infections of any kind, especially in your eyes, have a way of turning serious very quickly without the proper medical attention. Sophie K. Dao, OD, has extensive experience in quickly diagnosing and treating eye infections among her patients in Milpitas, California, and the earlier, the better. If you suspect your eye is infected, don’t delay in calling us at (408) 262-1221 for an appointment, or use the online scheduler to book a visit.

Eye Infections Q & A

What are the symptoms of an eye infection?

Before discussing the different types of eye infections, it might be useful to go over the most common symptoms, so you can decide whether you’re dealing with an infection or not. They are:

  • Pain
  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Discharge
  • A lump in your eyelid
  • Uncontrollable tearing
  • The sensation of something in your eye

The discharge in your eye can be clear or solid in color and build up in your eyelashes, forming a crust, especially when you wake up in the mornings.

What are the most common types of eye infections?

If you believe that you’re dealing with an infection, the following is a brief description of the most common ones that can affect your eyes:


Otherwise known as pink eye, conjunctivitis is an infection in your conjunctiva, which is a term used for the tissue surrounding your eye — inside your eyelids and the membrane that covers your eye. This infection is usually caused by bacteria or a virus.


This type of infection is found in your cornea, and it’s usually caused by bacteria, a virus, or a parasite.


When the glands that produce the oils in your tears get infected by bacteria, it leads to a stye.


This infection is often associated with inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, and it’s an infection in your uvea, which is the middle layer of your eye.

There are other types of infections, such as fungal infections, but they’re far less common than the ones listed above.

How are eye infections treated?

Once Dr. Dao diagnoses the nature of your infection, she prescribes an appropriate medication to tackle it. These medications may be topical, oral, or in the form of eye drops. You also shouldn’t wear contact lenses while you’re dealing with an infection.

In addition to your medication, Dr. Dao gives you a list of recommendations to help with the symptoms, such as the use of hot or cold compresses.

Don’t wait to treat an eye infection. If you suspect something is wrong, get quick relief by calling Sophie K. Dao, OD, or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.