The inflamed eye

Many people have suffered from one or two inflamed eyes. This condition is called conjunctivitis and is harmless.

Conjunctivitis

Conjuntivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye. This conjunctiva covers the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. If this conjunctiva becomes inflamed, the eye or both eyes will look red. Pus and pus are often also produced on the inside of the eye. This is especially noticeable in the morning when your eyes are stuck shut when you wake up. It often also causes a burning or itching sensation. You may also have the feeling that there is something in your eye.
The complaints usually disappear within three to five days. Conjunctivitis is very rarely dangerous.

cause

A virus or bacteria is usually the cause of conjunctivitis, but there may also be other causes such as hay fever or a hypersensitivity reaction to eye make-up. You also often see that people who wear lenses have eye infections more often, especially if they do not clean their lenses properly or with saliva. Lenses should always be cleaned with the appropriate solution. Sometimes too long in the sun or welding can also cause an eye infection. It is even possible to develop real burns on the conjunctiva when looking in the sun or welding rays for too long.

Other conditions.

There are many other conditions than just conjunctivitis. It is important to rule out a serious eye condition. For this, see sudden severe pain in one eye and sudden poor vision in one eye.

Advice for conjunctivitis

  • Clean eyes with a cotton swab or gauze pad with plain tap water, rubbing from the outer corner of the eye inwards.
  • Heat often provides relief from the complaints. For example, wet a washcloth with warm water and keep it in your eye.
  • Only start wearing lenses again when the eye infection has cleared up.
  • Try not to rub the eye, this irritates and can also contaminate the other eye if you accidentally put your fingers in the other eye again.
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