As we enter the winter months, many will be stocking up on tissues, vitamins and cold remedies. Unfortunately with these nasty bugs comes the increased chance of picking up an eye infection.
Infectious conjunctivitis is the most common and usually results in red, itchy eyes with sticky discharge. It is particularly prevalent amongst young children but spreads quickly to other family members.
Treatment is usually very simple, however sometimes these same symptoms can be the sign of a more serious condition. That’s why we’re encouraging people to visit their optometrist when they experience the signs of an eye infection. Unlike GPs, we have all the technology to give your eyes a thorough MOT to ensure that you get the right diagnosis. We can then prescribe whatever treatment is required as we have three prescribing optometrists.
It is also worth noting that most over the counter eye drops require insertion up to six times a day, however there is now a new treatment available on prescription that only requires use twice a day and don’t need kept in the fridge. A lot less hassle, especially for parents with children who aren’t keen on drops.
If you have the signs of an eye infection this winter, give your eyes the best care possibly by making an appointment with your optometrist.
With this in mind, it is also worth reminding contact lens wearers to check their glasses prescription is the same as their lens prescription. If you do have an eye infection, more often than not, you’ll be required to avoid wearing lenses for up to a week, so make sure you have a suitable back up.
Remember all emergency appointments are free-of-charge for all Cameron Optometry patients on our exclusive Vision+ membership scheme. And all Vision+ members receive 25% off glasses, should you need to update yours.