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    What is a bacterial eye infection?

    A bacterial eye infection refers to an eye infection that is caused by the presence of bacteria. The most common bacteria known to cause conjunctivitis are Haemophilus influenza, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus. These create an inflammation of the tissue inside the eyelid and on the surface of the eye.

    Bacterial eye infections can cause itchy and watering eyes, a discharge of mucus, or a sticky coating on your eyelashes.

    Who gets bacterial eye infections?

    Bacterial eye infections are very common, and affect nearly all of us at some point, though some people can be more prone to them than others. You may be more at risk if you:

    • are a child or are elderly (possibly because children encounter infections at school, and elderly people tend to have a weakened immune system due to their age)
    • have recently suffered from an upper respiratory tract infection, like a cold
    • have diabetes and other conditions that can weaken the immune system and make you more vulnerable to picking up an infection
    • are currently prescribed steroids (these can weaken the immune system)
    • have blepharitis (a condition which causes an inflammation of the eyelids)
    • have been in a crowded space like a busy bus or a train

    How can I prevent getting a bacterial eye infection?

    It’s difficult to prevent a bacterial eye infection, but there are some things you can do to lessen your chances of picking one up. For example, maintaining good hygiene, regularly washing your pillows and towels, and keeping your contact lenses clean (wearing them as directed) can help lessen your chances of catching an infection.

    It’s always good practice to avoid sharing makeup too, and avoid people who currently have conjunctivitis (if you do come into contact with someone who has it, wash your hands thoroughly), whilst also maintaining good overall health.

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    What causes bacterial eye infections?

    The causes of bacterial eye infection may vary, but they may be triggered by:

    • bacteria, such as the strains that are often found in ear and lung infections
    • bacteria which cause sexually transmitted infections (STIs), like gonorrhoea or chlamydia

    Eye infections can be caused by different bacteria, sometimes causing different symptoms. For instance, conjunctivitis caused by the Morax-Axenfeld diplobacilli bacteria often lasts much longer than other forms of bacterial conjunctivitis and may require further treatment. However, bacterial eye infections are most commonly caused by bacteria similar to that which causes respiratory infections.

    By extension, there are several types of conjunctivitis, such as allergic conjunctivitis’ which can be caused by:

    • pollen
    • dust mites
    • contact lenses
    • chlorinated water
      found in swimming pools
    • certain shampoos
    • fumes or smoke
    • stray eyelashes which rub against the conjunctiva (tissue that covers the white area of the eye and the inside of the eyelids)

    What are the symptoms of bacterial eye infections?

    Symptoms of an eye infection will differ depending on the cause of infection. However, common symptoms of bacterial eye infections include redness and swelling, caused by the inflammation of the blood vessels in the thin layer of cells that cover the eyes, and unusual discharge. There is also sometimes a gritty or scratchy feeling. Symptoms tend to be experienced in just one eye to begin with, but usually affect both eyes within several hours.

    Can bacterial eye infections lead to other problems?

    Some bacterial eye infections can have serious complications if not treated. Conjunctivitis, for example, can lead to complications, depending on whether it’s infective or allergic conjunctivitis. There’s special concern around bacterial conjunctivitis that’s caused by sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, which can threaten vision. Infective conjunctivitis, if left untreated, can lead to meningitis, or blood poisoning (septicemia), among other things. Another complication known as bacterial keratitis (bacterial infection of the cornea) can cause blindness if left untreated. If there are changes in your vision, you should get in touch with a clinician immediately.

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    What medications are there for bacterial eye infections?

    Eye infections such as infective conjunctivitis normally clear up by themselves after a couple of weeks. But if the infection has lasted longer than this, or is severe, the recommended treatment for bacterial eye infections is usually a course of antibiotics. These come in the form of eye drops, which kill the bacteria and stop them making a protein which helps them to reproduce. Some of these include Azithromycin, Fucithalmic and Chloramphenicol. Creams are also available, which are applied to the eyelid. It’s important that you use treatment carefully and in line with the advice of a clinician and the patient information leaflet provided.

    Do bacterial eye infections always need treatment?

    Some of the less severe bacterial eye infections often resolve on their own within a few weeks, and don’t require treatment beyond simple self-care methods. These include removing contact lenses, using lubricating eye drops which do not require a prescription, and gently cleaning and removing the discharge from the lashes and eyelids.

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    How are bacterial eye infections diagnosed?

    Bacterial eye infections are usually diagnosed by a clinician, who can look at the affected eye and ask about your symptoms to diagnose the type of infection, and, depending on severity, decide on the best course of action for treatment.

    Are there different types of bacterial eye infection?

    Bacterial eye infections can affect different areas of the eye. For instance, bacterial conjunctivitis affects the conjunctiva, bacterial blepharitis the eyelids, bacterial keratitis the cornea, and bacterial endophthalmitis the inside of the eye. The eyes may be infected by different types of bacteria, affecting how symptoms present.

    Does bacterial eye infection treatment always work?

    Bacterial eye infection treatment is usually effective. But if you continue to suffer from symptoms for longer than a period of two weeks, or have recurring or chronic bacterial eye infections, you should speak to a clinician. Chronic infections can usually be managed by cleaning the eyelids every day.

    If you have symptoms such as eye pain, sensitivity to light, issues with vision, or redness of the eye(s), our clinician may recommend that you get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Certain STIs like Chlamydia can result in infective conjunctivitis. If an STI is found, symptoms may last for a few months.

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