Bob Costas and the Olympic-sized Eye Infection

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Poor Bob Costas.

When the cameras soared across NBC’s ice palace of a set and settled on that familiar face, it was the veteran broadcaster’s unfamiliar appearance that had people talking last night.

Sporting trendy frames and a swollen left eye, Costas quickly addressed the issue with self-deprecating humor:

“Bear with me for a moment as I spare my friends in the press office countless inquiries. I have no choice to go all Peabody and Sherman on you for the next couple of nights since I woke up this morning with my left eye swollen shut and just about as red as the old Soviet flag. According to the NBC doctors here, it’s some kind of minor infection which should resolve itself by the weekend. If only all my issues would resolve themselves that quickly, but that’s another story.”

Twitter, of course, had its own reaction.

But #SochiProblems aside, minor eye infections are a common ailment.

Dr. Matthew Alpert with Alpert Vision Care offers insight on common causes of eye infections and what to do if you ever wake up with a case of the Sochi Squint.

Q: What exactly is an eye infection?
They’re relatively common occurrences caused by opportunistic organisms such as bacteria, viruses or fungi. They can happen at any age and can occur in many different parts of the eye.

Q: What are some symptoms?
Irritation, redness, discharge and reduced vision are common.

Q. What should you do if you think you have an eye infection?
The best thing to do is to contact your eye care professional to get it checked out right away. Infections can often be contagious, so your doctor can talk with you about ways to prevent spreading the infection. Depending on the diagnosis, your provider may need to prescribe medicine or other treatment options.

Q. What are some common treatments for eye infections?
Only your eye care professional can prescribe a treatment specific to your symptoms. But common treatments can include compresses, drops, creams or antibiotics. Depending on the cause, infections can last for days or weeks, so it’s best to get it looked at right away.

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  • loretta hall says:

    I used to be covered under my partner; but now I am on medicare. I got my last pair of frames with VSP ins. Wish I could afford your eye ins. You are a great company. many years ago I worked for an Ophthalmologist (became well known) so I am always telling others how important your eye care/eye exams are!!! Thanks for all your great information.

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