Care for Eye Inflammation at Our Manchester Optometry Center
If your eyes are red, irritated and inflamed, you need to know what's causing the problem and what you can do about it. In addition to the obvious symptoms that may interfere with your comfort and visual acuity, some types of eye inflammation can have extremely serious consequences, up to and including blindness, if left untreated. Here at our Manchester, CT optometry center, Prudhomme Vision, our skilled pair of optometrists will be more than happy to diagnose the cause of your eye inflammation and recommend treatment.
Causes and Symptoms of Eye Inflammation
There are many kinds of eye inflammation, each with the potential to produce different sets of symptoms. Redness, light sensitivity, itching/irritation, and discharge are common symptoms of many inflammatory conditions. A case of eye inflammation may be caused by:
- Allergies - Allergies can cause an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the membrane that covers the inner eyelids and the white of the eye. This condition is known as allergic conjunctivitis.
- Viral and bacterial infections - Viruses and bacteria can cause conjunctivitis. They can also cause an inflammation of the uvea, a deeper tissue within the eye's outer wall. This condition, called uveitis, can sometimes lead to cataracts, floaters, and blindness.
- Blepharitis - Blepharitis is a chronic inflammation of the eyelid that can also involve the structures at the front of the eye.
- Keratitis - Keratitis is an inflammation or ulceration of the cornea. A variant called photokeratitis is essentially an "eye sunburn" caused by excessive exposure to UV rays.
- Injury - Acute injury to the eye can cause inflammation. Causes may range from direct trauma to exposure to corrosive chemicals.
Diagnosis and Treatment From Your Optometrist in Manchester CT
Bring your inflamed eyes to Prudhomme Vision right away so we can determine the exact nature and cause of the problem. Either of our two eye doctors can perform a range of tests, including slit lamp testing and viewing of the retina under pupil dilation, to examine any damage to the eye and see which components are involved. Once your optometrist in Manchester, CT knows what's behind your eye inflammation, you can receive the appropriate treatment. Treatment strategies may include antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, antihistamines to combat allergies, artificial tears or medicated eye drops to soothe and heal the eyes, or first aid to treat an injury.
Call Prudhomme Vision to Schedule an Exam
Your eyes are too precious to let a case of inflammation go unchecked and untreated. Do the smart thing by calling Prudhomme Vision at 860-644-3364 as soon as possible to schedule an examination. We're here to help!