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FUNGAL EYE INFECTION

Fungal Eye infection is a disease that occurs in the eye. It’s a condition in which the fungi invades any part of the eyeball caused by bacteria, fungi, and viruses. An infection caused by fungi is rare but if it occurs it can be serious.

Common types of fungi that cause eye infection:

  • Fusarium
  • Aspergillus
  • Candida

If someone develops an eye infection, this is due to eye injury. The infection in your eye comes in several ways. There are types of fungal eye infections which include:

  • Keratitis – an infection of the front layer of the eye.
  • Endophthalmitis – an infection inside of the eye.

Visit your doctor if you have an eye infection, for an effective treatment.

SYMPTOMS OF FUNGAL EYE INFECTION

The symptoms of eye infection may include:

  • Eye Pain
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Eye Redness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Watery Eyes
  • Sensitive to Light
  • Eye discharge
  • Swollen Eyes
  • Red Eyelids
  • Eye Irritation
  • The pink color in the whites of your Eye

SOURCE OF INFECTION

The main cause of the eye infection is infectious conjunctivitis. The following are some common cause of eye infection such as:

  • Eye Injury
  • Eye Surgery
  • Fungal Bloodstream Infection
  • Invasive Eye Procedure
  • Trachoma
  • Herpes Simplex Virus
  • Bacterial Keratitis
  • Having a Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

RISK AND PREVENTION FUNGAL EYE INFECTION

WHO GETS FUNGAL EYE INFECTION?

The following are the people at risk of developing the disease.

  • A person that had an eye injury
  • A person having an eye surgery
  • Wearing contact lenses
  • Having a fungal bloodstream infection
  • A family history of eye infection
  • Having a Chronic Eye disease
  • Exposure to harmful products involving eye contact
  • History of maternal “TORCH” infection during pregnancy
  • A neurological and developmental disorder
  • Having a disease with eye abnormalities

FUNGAL EYE INFECTION PREVENTIVE WAYS

Below are ways to prevent yourself from fungal eye infection.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before touching your eyes.
  • Avoid contact with infected person.
  • People who wear contact lenses must care for their lenses properly.
  • Replace your contact lens storage case, every three months as recommended.
  • Wear glasses to prevent dust and dirt.
  • A person wearing lenses should not sleep without removing it.
  • Do not share personal things with a person with an eye infection.

DIAGNOSING FUNGAL EYE INFECTION

In diagnosing fungal eye infection, your doctor may conduct an eye exam and might take fluid samples from your eye and take it to the lab. It will be examined through the use of a microscope to detect if there are presence of bacteria.

The Polymerase chain reaction or (PCR) is used to confirm the diagnosis. And the use of confocal microscopy, the faster way of diagnosis. Can help the doctor diagnose you with your condition.

TREATING FUNGAL EYE INFECTION

Treating the different types of eye infection must be treated with antifungal medication. The possible treatment for the infection comes in several forms including:

  • Antifungal Drops
  • Antifungal Pill or medicine through a vein
  • An antifungal drug injected directly through the eye
  • Eye surgery