What are the symptoms of ocular inflammation?

Inflammation can occur in any part of the eyes and eyelids, and symptoms can vary from mild irritation to severe pain, depending on which structures are affected. Itching, redness and swelling are common when external parts of the eye are involved. Infection may accompany inflammation but not always. 

Always seek advice from a doctor or your optometrist if you are worried about your eyes.

What causes inflamed eyes?

Inflammation of the eyes is usually a response to injury, infection or irritation, as an allergic reaction to something such as dust or pollen, or because of an autoimmune reaction. 

Conditions that can are associated with inflamed eyes include:

  • Allergic conjunctivitis
  • Blepharitis
  • Uveitis
  • Scleritis (inflammation of the sclera – the white of your eye)
  • Keratitis (inflammation of the cornea)

How to treat inflamed eyes

Treatment depends on the root cause, and can range from simple lubricating drops or antihistamine drops through to prescription medicines such as steroids.

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