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 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 our online doctor (California residents only, right now), you can choose to pay a very low fee and be connected with our board-certified online physicians that are licensed in your state. Our online physicians treating sinus infections and other minor conditions have all passed each portion of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLEs). Our online physicians follow these evidence-based guidelines because it results in better, safer, more effective care for you. If needed, our doctors can also provide a note for excuse from work/school.
Our SmartDocMD online physicians currently offer diagnosis and sinus infection treatment online to anyone in the state of California. Our offices are based in the Bay Area but our service is available throughout the state. We are planning on expanding to other states, so check back for updates.
In addition to sinus infections, we treat 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.