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What happens if spoiled food (i.e., food that would or has

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What happens if spoiled food (i.e., food that would or has gone bad after 4 hours - in this instance, food containing dairy and meat products) - accidentally gets into your eyes? Are your eyes able to fight against such germs? What kind of eye infection would they cause?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.
Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

That is a very good question. It depends on what was growing on the spoiled food. After only 4 hours, I do not think there would be any fungus, only gram positive and,maybe, some gram negative bacteria.

The good news? The human eye is very well equipped to fight off any possible infection from spoiled food getting into it. The tears are naturally filled with antibodies and compounds that flush away foreign agents, including those that might cause infection.

Also, your eye is protected by physical barriers to infection that are very effective.

If you were to get an infection, you most would probably get bacterial conjunctivitis, which could be cured with simple eye drops such as tobrex.

That being said, I do not think that you need to worry about getting an eye infection from what you have posted.

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