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Periorbital Cellulitis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is periorbital cellulitis?

Periorbital cellulitis, or preseptal cellulitis, is a bacterial infection of your eyelid or the skin around your eye. The infection can develop from a scratch or insect bite around the eye. Periorbital cellulitis may cause vision problems. It should be treated as soon as possible to prevent complications.

Cellulitis of the Eye

What are the signs and symptoms of periorbital cellulitis?

Signs and symptoms are usually seen on one eye. You may have any of the following:

How is periorbital cellulitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your eye. He or she will test your eye movement and vision. You may need blood tests to show what kind of bacteria are causing your infection. Other tests may be needed to see if the infection has spread.

How is periorbital cellulitis treated?

If your periorbital cellulitis is severe, you may need IV antibiotics in the hospital. If the infection is not treated, it can spread through your body and become life-threatening. You may need any of the following medicines:

How can I manage my symptoms?

How can an eye infection be prevented?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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