What is an Eye Infection?
Your Cizik Eye Clinic doctor can treat a number of eye conditions, including viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections. Some of the most common conditions are styes, conjunctivitis, keratitis, and uveitis. If these conditions are left untreated, they can cause vision problems and, in some cases, permanent vision loss.
What you can expect at the Cizik Eye Clinic
The Cizik Eye Clinic opened in 2007 and is housed in Memorial Hermann Plaza at 6400 Fannin Street. It includes dozens of exam areas, multiple operating rooms, and laser suites equipped with the most sophisticated equipment available for patient care.
People travel from across the country and the world for treatment at the Cizik Eye Clinic, in part because our affiliation with the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth provides unmatched resources and expertise. Our friendly staff works diligently to make your visit pleasant and efficient, as we maximize patient flow through everything from routine eye exams to the most advanced eye surgeries.
Our physicians are faculty members at McGovern Medical School and are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology or are board eligible. At the Cizik Eye Clinic, we understand that the eye is a small part of a whole patient who deserves top-notch, comprehensive care in a cutting-edge facility.
Causes of Eye infections
Various parts of the eye can become infected by virus, bacteria, fungus, or parasite. Some types of infections affect one eye, while some affect both. Patients are at higher risk of an eye infection after invasive eye surgery, if they suffer chronic eye disease, or if they wear contact lenses. Fungal eye infections are rare but can sometimes occur following an injury or because of a bloodstream infection. Examples are Fusarium, Aspergillus, and Candida.
Symptoms of Eye Infections
Patients with an eye infection may experience pain, redness, itching, swelling, discharge, tearing, and vision problems. Eyes may crust, especially in the morning. It may feel like something is in the eye. Patients may even have a fever or swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
Diagnosis of Eye Infections
Your eye doctor will conduct an eye exam, take a patient history, and discuss your symptoms. A small sample of tissue or fluid may be taken from your eye and sent to a lab to determine the type and source of infection.
Treatment of Eye Infections
Treatment depends on the cause of the infection and may include compresses, eye drops, creams, or antibiotics. If the infection is due to injury, allergy, or some other health condition, the treatment plan will also address issue. Avoid wearing contacts until the infection has cleared up. Practice good eye hygiene and wear protective eye gear to avoid eye infections.
At Robert Cizik Eye Clinic, we offer patients access to highly specialized eye and vision care. To ask us a question, schedule an appointment, or learn more about us, please call (713) 486-9400, or click below to send us a message. In the event of an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.