Eye Flu Symptoms Cause Diagnosis Treatment

Eye flu is no medical condition specifically known as “eye flu.” It’s possible that new information has emerged since then, or it could be a colloquial term for some eye-related infection or condition. In any case, I’ll provide information on common eye infections, their symptoms, causes, risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

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Common Eye Infections:

  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear membrane covering the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids.
  • Keratitis: Inflammation of the cornea, the clear dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye.
  • Blepharitis: Inflammation of the eyelids, typically at the base of the eyelashes.

Symptoms of Eye Infections:

  • Redness in the eyes
  • Watery or thick discharge
  • Itching or burning sensation
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Blurred vision
  • Gritty feeling in the eyes

Causes of Eye Infections:

  • Bacterial or viral infections
  • Allergies
  • Fungal infections (less common)

Risk Factors:

  • Close contact with someone who has an eye infection
  • Poor hygiene, especially with contact lenses
  • Weakened immune system
  • Exposure to irritants or allergens


  • Wash hands frequently and avoid touching or rubbing your eyes.
  • Avoid sharing personal items like towels and cosmetics.
  • Properly clean and disinfect contact lenses as per the optometrist’s recommendations.
  • If you have an eye infection, avoid close contact with others to prevent spreading it.


  • An ophthalmologist or optometrist will examine the eyes and ask about symptoms and medical history.
  • In some cases, a sample of eye discharge may be taken for lab analysis to identify the causative agent.


  • Bacterial eye infections are typically treat with antibiotic eye drops or ointments.
  • Viral eye infections may resolve on their own, but antiviral medications may be prescribed in some cases.
  • Allergic eye infections can be managed with antihistamine eye drops or oral antihistamines.
  • Warm compresses can help soothe symptoms and reduce inflammation.

Remember, it’s important to consult with an eye care professional for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. If you are experiencing eye-related symptoms, seek medical attention promptly.

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