Why is my eye red?

Episcleritis is a relatively common, benign cause of red eye, due to inflammation of the episcleral tissues. Nodular episcleritis is characterized by a clearly defined elevated area of inflammation. In simple episcleritis, vascularization is present without an obvious nodule. Differentials include: scleritis (inflammation goes deeper in the tissues and is much more serious), allergic conjunctivitis,Continue reading “Why is my eye red?”

When chemicals touch your eye…

Toxic keratoconjunctivitis (inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva) can occur when your eye is exposed to a foreign substance or chemical.  The response is typically an immune reaction associated with Type IV hypersensitivity.   Symptoms include pain, itching, swelling and irritation, with follicles presenting in the palpebral conjunctiva.   Copious irrigation and flushing of the eye isContinue reading “When chemicals touch your eye…”

Eyelid crusties

  Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids, which causes the eyelids to be red, itchy, swollen and scaly.   Here you see crusty build-up at the base of the eyelashes. Feeling like something is in your eye Burning of the eye Sensitivity to light Red and swollen eyes or eyelids Blurry vision Dry eyes CrustingContinue reading “Eyelid crusties”

When eyelashes poke your eye…

Entropion is a condition in which your eyelid turns inwards instead of outwards.   Your eyelashes then rub against the eye, causing irritation and discomfort.   It can be seen in older adults, but I have also seen it in babies, as well as Asians.   Entropion can eventually cause damage to the cornea, resulting in eye infectionsContinue reading “When eyelashes poke your eye…”

When You Have Pink Eye

Viral conjunctivitis, or PINK EYE, is a common, self-limiting condition that is typically caused by adenovirus.  This can be diagnosed with the above test, the RPS detector.   When you have viral conjunctivits, you are highly contagious for about 10-12 days from onset as long as the eyes are red.  You should avoid touching your eyes,Continue reading “When You Have Pink Eye”