Can mold affect your eyes? The answer is yes, and it can even cause mold eye infections. Since mold can be airborne, it can enter your body through the eyes, causing debilitating symptoms that inflame and injure your eyes. Some symptoms to be aware of are:
- Blurry vision
- Burning sensations
- Light sensitivity
- Worsening vision problems
Can mold cause eye irritation?
Mold contains many inflaming and dangerous properties, which often times, can cause irritation and burning sensations within fragile mucous membranes, potentially triggering allergic and other unpleasant reactions. And with our eyes being very sensitive, it’s no surprise that mold can have serious adverse effects.
Eye problems caused by mold
Mold can be very problematic for your eyes. Some of the most serious conditions include conjunctivitis, keratitis, endophthalmitis, rhinocerebral mucormycosis, and exogenous endophthalmitis.
- Conjunctivitis is one of the most common eye problems. It is also referred to as “pink eye” and can be caused by bacteria or viruses as well. Most notably seen in young children, it can cause redness, itchiness, discharge, watering, and a gritty-feeling that won’t go away.
Conjunctivitis is usually treated with antihistamines and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Keratitis is commonly caused by mold and is an infection of the cornea, which is the clear tissue that covers the eye. This infection can also be caused by parasites and viruses, but it is more likely to occur in individuals who wear contact lenses.
It is treated with antifungal drugs and antifungal eye drops. If not treated right away, it can cause long-lasting damage to the eye and eventual permanent vision loss. The only way to restore vision is a corneal transplant.
- Endophthalmitis is an inflammation of the fluid-filled areas of the eyes. This can also lead to vision loss and is caused by two types of mold, including fusarium and paecilomyces.
- Rhinocerebral mucormycosis is one of the more serious eye infections that impacts the brain, eyes, and nose. This infection causes eye and nasal swelling, vision problems, high fever, and sinus pressure. If left untreated, it can cause serious brain damage.
- Exogenous endophthalmitis is caused when the skin comes in contact with a mold surface and is rubbed on the eye. There are serious consequences if left untreated, and it can take up to three months of recovery with no guarantee of full vision recovery. Individuals who participate in the following activities are at greater risk:
- Systemic antibiotics
- Corticosteroid therapy
- Recent abdominal surgery
- Intravenous drug use
- Diabetes mellitus
How to prevent eye infections caused by mold?
The best way to prevent eye infections is to eliminate the source. Finding and eradicating any sign of mold in the home is the first step to preventing an adverse reaction.
If you’ve already been exposed, make sure to see your physician, especially if you are pregnant or someone with a compromised immune system. Many different types of mold can cause eye infections, including Chaetomium, Aspergillus, Phialophora, and Stachybotrys chartarum.
Making an appointment with your doctor right away will ensure you receive the care you need to cure your eye infection. If you aren’t experiencing other symptoms, besides those affecting your eyes, you may want to see an ophthalmologist. However, starting with your primary care doctor is always the best place to begin. If you are having trouble seeing or are experiencing a high fever, it may be best to go to the emergency room with a driver.
To ensure this does not take place, be mindful of mold in your home. Taking steps to get rid of mold in your home for good will prevent any repeat incidences of eye infections and illness.
The best way to guarantee a mold-free home is to hire a mold removal specialist. They will not only rid your home of dangerous mold but will identify the root cause of it. Doing it yourself may be less expensive, but mold specialists typically offer free consultations and peace of mind that your mold issue will be solved. Have more questions or want to share your experiences? Connect with us on Facebook or give us a call at 786-207-1428.