Can a Sinus Infection Affect Your Eye?
Absolutely! Sinusitis, otherwise called a sinus infection, occurs when pesky bacteria and viruses invade the sinus cavities located in the face. These spaces in the face can fill with mucous, and that mucous can become infected. You’ll know when you have a sinus infection because the sinus cavities will be filled with fluids and you’ll feel pressure around them. Sinus Infections can affect your eyes in a few different ways.
One of the hallmark symptoms of a sinus infection is feeling pressure build up in your face. You may even feel pressure behind your eyes. That’s because, all the sinus areas – Frontal, Ethmoid, Sphenoid, and Maxillary, sort of surround the eyes anatomically. The Ethmoid sinuses are located at the nose bridge and extend down the nose on each side of the nose, directly beside each eye. The Frontal sinus extends to the nose bridge above each eyebrow.
Other symptoms and signs of a sinus infection that can affect your eyes are eyes that constantly water, along with the feeling of pressure, swollen eyes and red eyes, signaling that the infection has possibly spread to the eye. Another sign of a possible spread of the infection to the eye is yellow or green discharge from your eye, and the appearance of a fever. Sometimes, pink eye, or conjunctivitis can accompany a sinus infection. If you notice a change in the way that your eye feels – meaning you feel pain or a scratchiness, accompanied with red, bloodshot eyes, you should be treated for a pink eye infection as well.
SmartDocMD offers referrals to sinus infection treatment online with an online doctor visit free questionnaire that can triage your symptoms and offer supportive documentation for how to seek treatment. If you wish to be seen by an online doctor, we will connect you with board-certified online physicians that are licensed in your state. Our partner sites’ online physicians treating sinus infections and other minor conditions have all passed each portion of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLEs). Our partner sites’ online physicians follow these evidence-based guidelines because it results in better, safer, more effective care for you. If needed, these doctors can also provide a note for excuse from work/school. Just looking for allergy testing? Check out Wyndly.
Our SmartDocMD website refers to online physicians who currently offer diagnosis and sinus infection treatment online to anyone in any state such as California. Our offices are based in the Bay Area. Our service is available anywhere.
In addition to sinus infections, we can refer you to get treated for other minor illnesses including upper respiratory infections, symptoms of the common cold, a lingering cough, urinary tract infections, pink eye infections, eye allergies, yeast infections and other common vaginal problems.