Are your eyes paining or experiencing redness? Do you have excessive tear formation or discharge from the eye? Well if you do, then it could be a fungal eye infection. Not many people know that fungi can cause an eye infection. The symptoms itself manifest after a few days to a few weeks of the entry of the fungi. Fungal eye infection is rare but needs medical intervention on a top priority basis.
The symptoms of the Fungal Eye Infection which are common with other eye conditions include pain, redness, irritation, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, excess of tears as well as discharge.
If you wear contact lenses, it advised to stop wearing it immediately till the infection is treated.
Since the majority of the cases of fungal infection have been known to wearers of contact lenses, here are some tips to prevent the occurrence of a fungal eye infection.
· Clean your hands before touching your lenses
· Clean your lens storage case with the lens solution fresh daily and let it dry out
· Change your storage case every 3 months or so
· Always wear your lens as per the advice of the eyes doctor or the lens manufacturer
The treatment for fungal eye infection is based on the following conditions:
· The type of fungus causing the infection
· The severity of the infection
· The parts of the eye that has been affected.
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The various treatments for this serious infection include:
· Antifungal eye drops
· Antifungal medication either as a pill or through a vein
· Antifungal medication injected into the eye
· Eye surgery
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Fungal infections are dangerous, if not treated well and in time. Precautions and early interventions will help sufferers of this infection. So if you wear lenses and exhibit any of these symptoms, seek medical help right away.