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.
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: