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What to do if you have an inflamed eye

Updated on July 25, 2012


Almost everyone has ever suffered from an inflamed eye. An inflamed eye is not only annoying but can be very painful. An inflamed eye is usually caused by infection but may also have other causes. An inflamed eye appears red and is painful. Often you suffer from watery eyes. You may suffer from one inflamed eye, but it is also possible that both your eyes are inflamed.

What do you need to know about inflamed eyes?

An inflamed eye!
An inflamed eye!

Causes of inflamed eyes

• An infection is the most common cause of an inflamed eye. With this infection the cornea of the eye is inflamed. The cornea is the transparent front part of the eye that covers the iris and the pupil. The infection may be caused by a virus or a bacterium.

• You can also get eye infections if you have pollinosis. Pollinosis causes an allergic reaction, from which you can get irritated eyes.

• When your eyes are not clean and hygienic, they can also become infected. This is mainly among women. They wear eye makeup such as mascara and eye shadow. Before sleeping these woman don’t clean their eyes, what makes dirt coming into their eyes, sometimes causing inflamed eyes.

• People with lenses are more likely to get inflamed eyes in comparison with people without lenses. Because of the contact lenses there will be less oxygen available for the eyes. It also happens that people do not clean their lenses or use dirty contact lenses. Lenses should always be cleaned with special fluid to prevent eye infections.

• Inflamed eyes also do occur when you stare at the sun too long. Your eyes are very sensitive and can not stand the bright light. Your eyes will burn literally.

How do you recognize an inflamed eye

• An inflamed eye appears red. Your eyeball is normally white, but if your eye is inflamed, it is red.
• Inflamed eyes sting and feel burned.
• An inflamed eye may be itchy and it often feels like there is something in the eye.
• In the morning, your eyes could be stuck. This is because an inflammation of the eye secretes pus.
• Your eyes are constantly watery.

What to do if you have an inflamed eye

An inflamed eye is almost always harmless. Often it’s gone after a day or four. However, when the eyes remain inflamed after four days, it is advised to go to the doctor because it could be something else.

This can you do if you have inflamed eyes;

• Keep your eyes clean. Clean your eyelids in the morning and evening with a wet cotton swab. Always rub gently from the outside to the inside.
• Don’t wear your contact lenses for a while. The eye heals faster without lenses, plus contact lenses could further irritate inflamed eyes.
• Are you really bothered by your inflamed eye? Then you could lay a warm wet washcloth on your eyes. This reduces the symptoms.

What not to do if your eyes are inflamed

Do not use your hands to rub your eyes. The eyes will get more irritated and more dirt could come into the eyes.

It could also happen that whenever only one eye is inflamed, the other eye could be infected too. That’s certainly not what you want.


An inflamed eye is very annoying and could be quite painful. Your eyes are more than usually sensitive. Usually, an inflamed eye has disappeared after four days. Use above suggestions, and you will notice that the symptoms of your inflamed eyes quickly diminish.

However, when the inflammation won’t go away, please go visit your doctor. He will for example prescribe eye drops.


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      6 years ago

      i can understand Kat exactly how you feel. i have had all sorts of eye problems since cateract surgery last year, i nor any doc can seem to help this problem my best answer would be to pray to God for help and tolerance.

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      6 years ago

      My eyes have been inflamed on off for some years. And I have seen so many different eyes specialist & even consulted TCM throughout the years. I have tried taking steriod eye drop & even taking steriod orally for some years, but it doesn't seems to be cure . I am so upset & bother by all these pains. Hope somebody can help and heal me.

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      6 years ago

      First I went to the urgent care and they gave me antibiotic eye drops. It still did not go away so I went to the optometrist and they gave me steroid eye drops.

    • francois580 profile image


      7 years ago

      Lijkt meestal onschuldig maar kan erg pijnlijk zijn. Prima informatie!

    • lilalollie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Netherlands

      @breakfastpop Thanks for your nice comment! Hope you suffer from an inflamed eye.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for this helpful advice. Our eyes are precious.


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