Red eye and Episcleritis

Red eye and Episcleritis

Red eyes vary in severity from a minor irritant to total loss of vision. Episcleritis is a condition where the out sclera shows some redness. The eye will be a little gritty or ‘full’. The redness tends to be in a sector of the white of the eye. Usually at the outer edge towards the ear side, but it can be anywhere round the clockface. There is no increased light sensivity and no signifcant pain or vision loss. There is no significant discharge either. Episcleritis can be related to stress and is more common in the age group of about 30 – 50 years of age.

Episcleritis can be confirmed with the use of phenylephrine eye drops, these cause constriction of the episcleral blood vessels. As a result of the drops the eye will blanche, look less red. And furthermore the pupil will dilate.

Episcleritis can be treated with lubrication and sometimes a short course of steroid eye drops. Steriod eye drops can increase the pressure in the eye, leading to glaucoma if used long term. There for it is important to use the steroid eye drops for a short duration, one week and take the eye pressure using goldman applanation tonometry before the steroid eye drops are used. 

If you have a red eye, give us a call and we can advise you further under the local MECS scheme. Below is an image of Episcleritis:

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Episcleritis showing on the left of the image
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