Eye Infection Specialist Questions and Answers
Columbia Clinic Urgent Care provides first-rate treatment for a variety of different eye infections. If you need treatment, come to one of our clinics today! For more information, please call us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Portland OR, Happy Valley OR, Tigard OR, Milwaukie OR, Cedar Mill OR, Lake Oswego OR, Oak Grove OR, Fairview OR and Oregon City OR.
Whether your eye infection is mild or severe, it can feel awfully painful to endure! At Columbia Clinic Urgent Care, our board-certified physicians would be happy to help you find relief with expert medical attention.
Can Urgent Care treat eye infections?
Urgent care clinics are a great place to go to receive medical attention for eye infections of several different kinds! Whether your eye infection is bacterial, viral, or fungal, an urgent care clinic should have no problem in providing excellent treatment to do away with the infection. At Columbia Clinic Urgent Care, our board-certified physicians and team of medical professionals would be happy to provide expert and compassionate treatment of any eye infection you bring to us that is not life-threatening.
If you are experiencing an eye infection with life-threatening complications or risks of permanent blindness, you should go to an emergency room to receive proper medical attention. If you are experiencing partial or complete vision loss or severe pain, you should seek emergency room care for your eye infection.
What’s the difference between pink eye and an eye infection?
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, occurs when the conjunctiva in your eye becomes inflamed by a viral, bacterial, or allergic reaction. The conjunctiva is the transparent membrane that lines your eyelid and the whites of your eyes. When it is infected, the small blood vessels in the conjunctiva become inflamed, which makes them more visible and gives the white part of your eyes a red or pink hue.
However, pink eye is but one among many different types of eye infections! As such, the main difference between conjunctivitis and eye infections in general is that pink eye is one example of an eye infection, while an eye infection can refer to several different types of infections. For instance, the following is a list of other types of eye infections besides pink eye:
- Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids)
- Cellulitis (infected eye tissues)
- Endophthalmitis (severe inflammation of the inside of the eye)
- Keratitis (infected cornea)
- Ocular herpes (herpes simplex virus of the eye)
- Sty (pimple-like bump that appears on the outer edges of the eyelids)
- Uveitis (infected uvea)
Eye infections that are potentially life-threatening or are considered medical emergencies include orbital cellulitis, keratitis, or endophthalmitis.
How do you know if your eye is infected or irritated?
While many of the symptoms of infected eyes also appear with irritated eyes experiencing an allergic reaction, eye infections typically have extra symptoms that do not occur with allergic eye irritations. As such, both allergic eye irritations and eye infections often occur with symptoms like redness, itching, burning, and clear watery discharge. However, with eye infections, you often experience other symptoms such as pain or a gritty feeling in your eyes and thick or mucus-like discharge.
With that said, the most telltale way to determine if your eye is merely irritated or if it is infected is whether or not you are experiencing any pain. If you are not experiencing any eye pain, it is most likely an allergic eye irritation and not an eye infection. At Columbia Clinic Urgent Care, we would be happy to provide expert treatment for either an eye infection or an allergic eye irritation!
If you are looking for an eye infection specialist in Portland, Happy Value, or Tigard, Oregon, we welcome you to come to Columbia Clinic Urgent Care! You can either schedule an appointment through our website, by calling us, or by visiting the clinic nearest you for a walk-in appointment. Please visit our website for clinic locations and hours of operation.