Irritation, Allergy, Infection
Red, swollen, itching, or burning eyes are common symptoms indicative of inflammation – a normal response to some type of irritant. These symptoms are a common reason for a visit to an eye specialist.
Some common causes for these symptoms include dry eyes, allergies, contact lens intolerance, various eyelid diseases, and infection. When patient’s present with such symptoms, the eye doctor will take a complete history and perform a detailed evaluation to assess the level of inflammation and associated signs which help them to accurately diagnose and treat the specific problem.
symptoms may include:
- Red, swollen, itching
Treatment is tailored to the specific problem, but commonly over-the-counter eye lubricants together with warm compresses and good lid hygiene will be all that is needed. Occasionally an anti-inflammatory or allergy medication is needed.
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Just like it sounds – inflammation in the eye. Depending on where the inflammation is in the eye, it can lead to some significant problems. Inflammation of the eyelids is called blepharitis. Inflammation of the conjunctiva (the clear skin covering the white part of the eye) is called conjunctivitis. Inflammation of the cornea is called keratitis. Inflammation of the inside of the eye is called uveitis.
Infection, auto-immune disease, allergies, exposures, or inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis can all cause eye inflammation.
The truth is, we may not be able to know what the underlying cause may be. Sensitive or specific blood tests, biopsies, or other testing may be needed to help determine the underlying cause.
Depending on the location, the severity, and the underlying cause treatments vary. Sometimes prescription eye drops are all that is needed. More severe disease may require oral medications or even medications injected into or around the eye.