An eye infection is just one of the common reasons individuals seek medical eye care in Cedar Rapids. Eye infections can have serious, long-lasting or permanent consequences to the eye and to the visual system. Seek the care of a medical eye professional immediately if you suspect you may have an eye infection. The optometrists at Iowa EyeCare are experts in treating all types of eye infections. Eye infections can attack many different parts or locations on or within the eye:
- Conjunctiva (the clear tissue lining the surface of the white ocular surface)
- Cornea (the clear window in front of the iris and pupil)
- Inside the Eye
- Retina (the light-sensitive inside-surface of the eye)
- Optic Nerve (the cord that takes vision from the eye to the brain)
The most common type of eye infection is viral conjunctivitis, more commonly known as “pink eye”. Usually the culprit is an adenovirus, the same type of virus that causes the common cold. The adenovirus is often transmitted through respiratory droplets. These highly contagious eye infections cause redness, watering, light sensitivity, and blurred vision. The eye doctors at Iowa EyeCare use prescription medications to reduce these symptoms. Recovery usually occurs within one week.
Iowa EyeCare has locations in Robins, Marion and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. To learn more about eye infections and other eye conditions visit the Iowa EyeCare Website.