Eye Infection and Eye Allergy symptoms :-
What is a stye?
A stye is a common infection of the eye lashes of the lids. It can be treated with appropriate drops/ointments and occasionally oral medications may be required. Recurrent styes maybe a sign of undetected Diabetes Mellitus.
Why has my stye has not gone for over 4 months?
A persistent and yet non-painful swelling on the eyelid is called a “Chalazion”. These are often mistaken for a stye. They are a sign of chronic inflammation and can be treated medically. If no improvement occurs, then rarely they maybe required to be incised and the accumulated material can be removed by a simple and short surgical procedure.
My eye is red, why can’t I just take a medicine from the pharmacy?
Red eyes may not always imply an infection. They may also be a sign of allergies, immune reactions in the eye, and even conditions like raised eye pressure may present with redness and pain in the eye. The treatment of each of these conditions differs drastically, and so a red eye always requires an eye check up by a Doctor.
I have conjunctivitis, but why is my vision now blurred?
Often, red eyes are self – diagnosed by people as Conjunctivitis. Typically, infective conjunctivitis is an infection of the thin layer covering the white portion of the eye. It is accompanied by watering and/or yellowish discharge from the eyes. Occasionally, a viral Conjunctivitis may also involve the cornea of the eye. In this case, vision also may get blurred, and may take few days to weeks to completely clear even once the redness settles.
I took treatment for my red eyes but the drops didn’t work and it keeps coming back every 4-5 months
As mentioned previously, red eyes may also be a part of Allergic Conjunctivitis. Mild cases can be treated with short course of drops, but typically allergic eye diseases are known to be recurrent in nature. They can flare up with increase in dust exposure/ change in weather/ known atopy/ associated skin rashes/ associated asthma. Your doctor may prescribe you certain medications for immediate relief, but you may occasionally need some medications to continue long term on a regular basis to keep the allergy in check. This does not mean that the medications are not working. Each condition has its own natural course, and medication differs from person to person.
Dr. Kareeshma Wadia routinely performs all these procedures. Speak to her for more details on what is the best option for you.