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Red Eye

09/11/2011

Question:

My right eye is red from the inner corner to the iris. It has been this way for 3 days. I saw an ophthalmologist 3 weeks before my eye became red for a check up and he diagnosed me with blephirits and prescribed me some drops which I was to take for 1 week. He said I had a condition of my eye lids. Then when my eye became red I saw my family physician and he said it was probably related to an allergy or an injury, but I do not recall an injury to my eye of any sort. I went to see the same ophthalmologist and he said I had blepharoconjunctivitis and gave me antibiotics and steroids to apply to my eye. I have not taken those drops because I am not comfortable with his diagnosis. I do not have any other symptoms, no discomfort, very rare itchiness, no vision disturbance. I do however sit in front of a computer for 8-10 hours a day for work and have been doing this for 12 years. I live in the middle east and the temperature has recently become very hot and we live without A/C. Any idea what this could be? Any questions I should be asking my doctor to lead him in a direction? We aren`t dealing with the same kind of medical care that we are used to in the US. Any help is appreciated.

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. There are certainly many conditions which can cause eye redness, including, but not limited to, dry eye, allergy, injury, infection, or inflammation. On this site, we try to answer general questions about eye conditions but cannot diagnose or recommend treatment.
 
You appear to have some very specific questions about your eye redness, which can only be answered properly by a physician who is familiar with your ocular and medical history, physical exam, and test results. Your questions about the testing results you've been given or the risks, benefits, and alternatives for proposed treatments of this condition need to be directed to your treating physician(s).

You should insist that they answer these questions in a way that you are able to understand before consenting to any treatment. If your physician is unable to help you understand these issues, you should get a second opinion. Take care.

 

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Response by:

Julia Rae Geldis, OD, MS Julia Rae Geldis, OD, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University