While some eye infections are relatively harmless, others can be more serious and require medical attention. If left untreated, serious eye infections can cause irreversible damage to delicate eye tissue and vision may be permanently impaired. General practitioners will usually prescribe a topical solution or ointment for treatment of an eye infection or antibiotic eye drops.
It is important to make sure you know all the side effects of any medication you may be considering, as sometimes the medical treatment can cause further complications such as dry eyes.
During healing time, it is important not to touch or rub the eyes, so try using a cool or warm compress to relieve discomfort and any itchiness. Make a warm or cold compress by using a clean cloth or cotton swab, use only boiled or purified water to wet the cloth, and place this on the closed eye. A warm compress typically helps to reduce discomfort, while a cold compress works well to reduce itchiness and eye inflammation.
Eye infections are bothersome and frustrating conditions, and while most simply need to run their course, there are a few herbal and homeopathic remedies that can help speed recovery as well as prevent reoccurrence of the infection. A commonly used herb that is known to promote eye health is Vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry), which is used to strengthen eye capillaries, prevent eye-related disease and infection, and heal a number of eye conditions.
Other herbal ingredients such as Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos) and Sutherlandia frutescens also work as effective anti-oxidants and assist in maintaining a healthy supply of blood, oxygen, and essential nutrients to the eye – all of which are essential for the rapid recovery from any eye infection.
In addition to herbs specifically used for eye health, it is highly recommended to add a few ingredients that act as an immune system booster System Booster. A strong and healthy immune system is vital in protecting against and fighting off any infection, including infections of the eye. Herbs well known for supporting the immune system include Echinacea, Olea europea, and Astragalus membranaceous, while Propolis (a bee product) has been used for many years as an immune system strengthener.