The duration of an eye infection | Eye infections

The duration of an eye infection

The duration of an eye infection cannot be answered in a generalized way, since it depends on the underlying disease. A conjunctivitis usually heals spontaneously. The duration is about 10 to 14 days.

In some cases, the infection can last for several weeks. The duration of corneal inflammation is about two weeks with adequate therapy. In this case, it is important to see an ophthalmologist as the course of the infection can be more complicated if the patient waits a long time.

How contagious is an eye infection?

The risk of contracting an eye infection is variable – it depends on the pathogen that causes the disease. In general, however, it can be said that eye infections are contagious. Particular care must be taken in the case of an infection caused by adenoviruses.

Hygiene measures should be taken to protect against infection. The direct contact with the sick person should be avoided. Also, objects such as towels, blankets etc. of the sick person should not be used.