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Eye Injuries, Allergies & Infections

Eye injuries can range from very minor such as getting soap in one’s eye, to catastrophic, resulting in permanent loss of vision.  It is important to seek medical attention when you experience continuous pain or decreased vision after an eye injury or if you suspect you have an infection.

If you have an ocular emergency, please call (217) 528-3233 and follow the voice prompts. A doctor will be located and return your call immediately.

Eye allergies, called allergic conjunctivitis, are a common conditions which occurs when the eyes react to something that irritates them.  The eyes produce a substance called histamine to fight off the allergen.  As a result, the eyelids and the white part of your eye (sclera) — become red, swollen and itchy, with tearing and burning.  Treatment for allergies includes avoiding the allergen, using eye drops or medication.  A Vision Care doctor can assist you with determining the best course of treatment for your eye allergy.

An eye infection is a bacterial or viral infection of the eye or the tissue immediately surrounding the eye.  Common eye infections include conjunctivitis, often called pink eye, which affects the membrane that lines the inside of your eyelids and covers the whites of the eyes, and blepharitis, which affects the eyelid margin.  Eye infections often cause redness, irritation, tearing, and itchiness.  Discharge from the eye and crusting of the eyelid margin are also common symptoms which may cause your eyelids and lashes to feel stuck together when you wake up in the morning.  You may also experience eye pain and swelling of the tissues around the eye.  These symptoms can also appear in allergies, so you may need to see an optometrist to determine whether you have an allergy or an infection.

If your symptoms last for longer than 24 hours or your vision is impaired, contact us immediately to schedule an appointment.  All of our optometrists can diagnosis and provide treatment for eye infections.

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