Introduction to eye infections
An eye infection can be very bothersome and it is usually caused by viruses or bacteria that infect the eye. Eye infections can happen to people of any age, and there are some that can be very contagious, especially for people with poor immune systems.
There are various symptoms of eye infections, but the most common one is redness in the eye.
The eyes are always being exposed to all kinds of germs, bacteria and viruses and sometimes, the eye will not be able to fight off these things, which is when an infection occurs.
A lot of the time, infections are caused by hand to eye contact, especially, when a person is doing so with dirty hands.
Infection can also travel from the sinuses and through poor eye hygiene.
There are possible complications from infections as well that if left untreated can resulting in needed surgery, suffering eye trauma, immune deficiency and illnesses that result from increased bacterial and viral growth.
Remedies for eye infections
While waiting for the infection to heal, it is important not to rub or touch the eyes at all with the hands, but instead, use a warm or cold compress in order to relieve the discomfort and itchiness.
The compresses need to be made of a clean cloth or cotton swab and the water needs to be boiled or purified before being put on the compress.
War compresses should be used to reduce discomfort and cold ones can be used to reduce itchiness and inflammation of the eye.
There is a herb that is used very commonly in order to treat eye infections, it is called bilberry. It can be used to strengthen the capillaries of the eyes and heal many different kinds of infections.
In order to prevent eye infections it is vital to refrain from touching the eyes or face with dirty hands.
People should not share eye makeup either. As far as eye makeup is concerned, it is also important to get rid of old eye makeup after six months. If a person has an infection, makeup should not be used until the infection has healed completely.
When wearing contact lenses it is important to practice good hygiene and to not share any equipment containers or solutions.
Eye drops should not be shared either, along with towels, pillows or handkerchiefs.
It is also important to clean towels and pillow sheets regularly.
When working with dangerous materials such as chemicals it is very important to wear protective goggles.