Eye Infections Specialist

Urban Eye Care

Jennifer Andrews, OD

Optometrist located in Seattle, WA

Burning, itching, and abnormal eye discharge can all be signs of an eye infection. For evaluation and treatment for eye infections, eye trauma, and eye emergencies visit Jennifer Andrews OD at Urban Eye Care Seattle. For more than 25 years, Dr. Andrews has provided unparalleled services to adults and children in Seattle suffering from discomfort and vision issues related to infections, trauma, and eye-related emergencies. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, call or book an appointment online today.

Eye Infections Q & A

What are the signs of an eye infection?

Eye discharge is commonly found at the corners of your eyes, especially upon waking, and is made up of a combination of skin cells, oils, mucus, and other debris that collects in your eyes throughout the day. When you have an eye infection, you can experience variations in eye discharge and other symptoms like:

  • Excessive eye discharge
  • Yellow or green discharge
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Eye pain
  • Itchy or gritty eyes
  • Red eyes

You may also notice the formation of a stye or small bump along your eyelid or lash line, that can be white or red in color and may cause irritation or pain.

What causes eye infections?

The most common types of eye infections include:

  • Conjunctivitis, or pink eye
  • Eye herpes
  • Fungal keratitis
  • Blepharitis
  • Meibomian gland dysfunction

These infections are caused by exposing your eye to certain viruses, bacteria, or fungi that infect the eye, eyelid, or glands surrounding the eye. You may be more prone to exposure if you wear contact lenses and touch your eyes frequently to put your lenses in and take them out.

What types of eye injuries require treatment?

Eye injuries most often occur when a foreign body, like dirt, debris, or a chemical substance enters your eye. Normally, your eyes produce mucus to flush out any foreign bodies, however, if they’re large or abrasive, they can scratch your eye or cornea and lead to injury.

The most common sign of an eye injury is an increase in watery eye discharge, though you may also experience pain and redness. Eye injuries require immediate medical attention to prevent permanent vision loss, damage to your eye, and eye infections.

Is emergency eye care available?

Yes, Dr. Andrews at Urban Eye Care Seattle provides emergency eye care for eye infections, eye trauma, and other serious eye-related problems. To determine if you’re experiencing an eye-related emergency, you may notice changes to your normal eye discharge or other problems like:

  • Bleeding from your eye or eyelid area
  • Bruising
  • Blurry or decreased vision
  • Double vision
  • Headache
  • Partial or total loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Pupils of unequal size
  • Sensitivity to light
  • A sensation of something in the eye
  • Seeing spots, flecks, or flashes of light

If you experience any of these symptoms, call Dr. Andrews immediately to get appropriate treatment. Her emergency after hours phone number is (206) 235-0789.

You may also call or request a visit online at Urban Eye Care Seattle for any symptoms of eye infections or abnormal changes to your vision.