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Painful eye, sensitive to light and watering. Slightly bloodshot and red round the iris. Had a similar thing last year was told it may be allergy?

Painful eye, sensitive to light and watering. Slightly bloodshot and red round the iris. Had a similar thing last year was told it may be allergy?

Likely iritis: I would say you have recurrent inflammation of the anterior segment called Iritis (Uveitis), likely related to your systemic condition of low back pain. If you know you have ankylosing spondylitis (inflammatory arthritis of the low back), then this is associated w/ it. You need a complete ophthalmological exam by an Eye MD, who will evaluate & treat. With a recurrent history, you need a work up. ...Read more

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Light Sensitivity (Definition)

Light sensitivity or photophobia means when the bright light or sun bothers your eye. This can be from very dry eye with cornea surface issue, corneal scratch or ulcer, and eye inflammation from iritis. This happens due to iris spasm. Iris is like an aperture of camera open and close based ...Read more


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I seem to have blepharitis & my eyes get very red, painful, and sensitive to light after wearing contacts. Any suggestions? Would daily contacts help?

I seem to have blepharitis & my eyes get very red, painful, and sensitive to light after wearing contacts. Any suggestions? Would daily contacts help?

Blepharitis & Contac: t lens wear do not go together! This is a recipe for disaster, as the bacteria involved with causing blepharitis will end up under your contact lens, and create a vicious cycle. Best to wear glasses, and get the blepharitis completely under control. Throw those contaminated lens away. See your eye doctor. Have your blepharitis/ dry eyes evaluated & treated properly.Cut down your computer time too. ...Read more

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My eyes are becuming red and sensitive to light. Potential causes?

My eyes are becuming red and sensitive to light. Potential causes?

Many possible causes: You should see an ophthalmologist to manage this issue. There are many possible causes of redness and sensitivity to light. ...Read more

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My eyes are red and very sensitive to light can't see a doctor what can I use to help ?

My eyes are red and very sensitive to light can't see a doctor what can I use to help ?

Need to see Dr.: red and sensitive eyes could be due to serious eye conditions like corneal ulcer, iritis, uveitis, etc... these cannot be treated at home. ...Read more

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My eye is watery red burning and sensitive to light i had no injury to the eye i can't open it or it's intense burning. It's worse over 3 days?

My eye is watery red burning and sensitive to light i had no injury to the eye i can't open it or it's intense burning. It's worse over 3 days?

Infection v. iritis: These are symptoms which could be a type of pink eye (infection) or an internal inflammation of the eye termed iritis (also uveitis). This should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist to prevent any damage to your vision. ...Read more

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Sensitive To Light (Definition)

Light sensitivity means that you react to and are more effected by changes in ...Read more