Eye Infection Basics

One in four school-age children has a vision problem that needs correcting, so don't take good eyesight for granted. Read on for the latest information on common infections.


Cause: Bacterial, viral, or fungal infection of the membrane lining the eyelids.

Contagious? Yes, usually

Look for: Redness, itchiness, light sensitivity, and a discharge that crusts.

Treatment: Try prescription ointments, eyedrops, or oral antibiotics for bacterial forms; some viral forms often disappear on their own.

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