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Eye infections

Eye infections can be caused by either viruses or bacteria, or occasionally by a fungus. Conditions such as pink eye conjunctivitis and blepharitis (infection of the eye lid) cause puffy, swollen, watery and painful eyes. Treatment often involves eye drops and sometimes antibiotics. Other eye diseases such as glaucoma can mimic the symptoms of eye infections, so you should see your doctor if your symptoms don’t rapidly improve by themselves. If you experience any loss of vision, you should immediately seek medical assistance. Follow the links below to find trusted information about eye infections.

Last reviewed: August 2014

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Conjunctivitis in babies, children & teens | Raising Children Network

Conjunctivitis is a type of eye infection. Its very common and very contagious. Your child needs to see a GP for the right conjunctivitis treatment.

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Ciloxan | myVMC

Ciloxan is an ointment containing ciprofloxacin hydrochloride used to treat bacterial eye infections including keratitis and bacterial conjunctivitis.

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Genoptic | myVMC

Genoptic eye drops contain gentamycin sulfate. They are used to treat bacterial eye infections including conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers and keratitis.

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Chlamydia (C. Trachomatis, C. Pneumoniae, C. Psittacci, C. Pecorum) | myVMC

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection. Genital chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in Australia but also causes eye infection trachoma.

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Trachoma disease - causes & treatment - Fred Hollows

The Fred Hollows Foundation's programs treat various eye diseases which can lead to blindness. Find out more about these devastating eye conditions.

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CiloQuin Eye drops - myDr.com.au

CiloQuin Eye drops - Consumer Medicines Information leaflets of prescription and over-the-counter medicines

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Ciloxan Eye drops - myDr.com.au

Ciloxan Eye drops - Consumer Medicines Information leaflets of prescription and over-the-counter medicines

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Red eye - myDr.com.au

Red eye is the term used when irritation or infection causes the eye to be red, itchy, watery and feel gritty. Find out what can be done with myDr.com.au.

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Zovirax Ophthalmic Ointment - myDr.com.au

Zovirax Ophthalmic Ointment - Consumer Medicines Information leaflets of prescription and over-the-counter medicines

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