Eye Infections in Children

Eye infections in children can develop from something as minor as a small irritant in the eye. They may also result from something as major as a burn, scratch or tear on the surface of the eye. If left untreated, an eye infection can rapidly morph from an insignificant issue to a catastrophic ordeal causing permanent damage.

Possible signs of an eye infection include:

  • Persistent pain
  • Excessive tearing
  • Swelling
  • Discharge
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Sores, bumps, or lumps along the eyelids
  • Blurred vision

A variety of over-the-counter treatments that may include drops or ointment exist for minor eye infections. However, not all eye infections should be treated with topical medications as they may actually harm your child’s vision.

Your ophthalmologist can recommend the appropriate treatment course to deal with your child’s specific infection.