Eye Infections in Children

Eye infections occur when microorganisms invade any part of the eye. Conjunctivitis, an infection of the lining of the eye inside the eyelid, is very common in young children and also very contagious.

Signs & Symptoms of Eye Infections

In cases of eye infections, our patients and their parents report:

  • Itching, burning eyes
  • Redness
  • Watery eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Swelling
  • A sticky discharge from the eyes, especially in the morning


Some children also experience hay fever symptoms such as sneezing at the same time.

Causes of Eye Infections

Eye infections such as conjunctivitis are often viral or bacterial in origin. They are highly contagious, and your child might have contracted the infection at their school or daycare.


In our experience, eye infections happen easily when a child’s eye is already irritated or their immune system is weakened. This can happen because of:

  • A foreign object in the eye
  • Exposure to chemicals or air pollution
  • A cold or the flu
  • Allergic reactions

How We Treat Eye Infections

Children tend to get sick quicker than adults, but with the right treatment they can also heal quicker as well. Our goal, at the Nei Jing center of Chinese medicine in Jerusalem, is to reduce the severity of symptoms and support your child’s immune system, so that they will be better able to resist and recover from infections.

In order to do this, we build an individualized treatment plan that may include:

  • Acupuncture and laser acupuncture
  • Chinese herbs
  • Tuina massage and cupping
  • Lifestyle and dietary advice

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Lead Practitioner
Shimon Paul Friedlander

People Say

Our second son Noam got sudden acute conjunctivitis last summer. He started rubbing his eye a lot in the morning, and by evening it had become very red and swollen. We were able to bring him to Nei Jing the next day, and after a session of 20 minutes, most of the pain was gone! We came back two more times during the week, and the redness and itching completely disappeared.
Sarah M.
Mother of patient

People Say

Cedric is 11 years old. He has a tendency to seasonal allergies, and they tend to come with eye infections most of the time. He’s been prescribed antibiotics and eye drops, but the infections still kept coming back. He’s had four treatments so far, and his symptoms this year have been very much reduced. The acupuncture worked very well for his eye infections, so we decided to continue with it for his allergy issues.
Tamar L.
Mother of patient