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Sclera (Definition)

The sclera is the white hard covering of the eye. It creates the actual "eye ball" and is made out of dense connective tissue. The conjunctiva is a thin, clear ...Read more


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I am an older adult. I have been waking up with one eye matted. Not closed but sticky. It isn't red or irritated. What would cause that?

I am an older adult. I have been waking up with one eye matted. Not closed but sticky. It isn't red or irritated. What would cause that?

Infection?: The matting is caused by the build up of excessive eye secretions during the night when your eyes are closed. Something is irritating your eye, your eyelids, the lash follicles or the inside of the eye lid. You need to see a doctor or qualified optometrist, find out the cause and get appropriate treatment. Don't wait until that eye IS red or irritated. ...Read more

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The area of the left eye, prominently the corner where mucus comes out, seems to be irritated/slightly painful when I blink. What can cause this?

The area of the left eye, prominently the corner where mucus comes out, seems to be irritated/slightly painful when I blink. What can cause this?

Inflamed tear duct: Tears and eye discharge normally drain from the inner corner of the eye into the sinuses, but sometimes can get blocked or inflamed. If not red or swollen, try gentle warm compress to area and gentle massaging pressure to see if you can free up any fluid buildup. If redness or worsening pain, please see a general or eye health provider. ...Read more

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Nose? Cont.-could this cause my eye dark circles? My nose has redness and gets irritated easily. It bleeds instantly when I clean lightly with qtip..

Nose? Cont.-could this cause my eye dark circles? My nose has redness and gets irritated easily. It bleeds instantly when I clean lightly with qtip..

Possibly: By itself this does not cause the circles but increased sinus congestion can cause swelling around the midface which makes these circles appear more prominent ...Read more

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Does a brain injury cause a bloodshot and irritated eye?

Does a brain injury cause a bloodshot and irritated eye?

Depends: If the brain injury included a basal skull fracture, something called a carotid cavernous sinus fistula can form which commonly gets mistaken for a simple red eye. Another possibility is that the blink reflex has been somehow blunted from the brain injury, and the eye is red due to dryness and exposure. ...Read more

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How do I treat irritated sclera?

How do I treat irritated sclera?

Confused: Do you mean the white part of the eyes? Are they red and irritated? The sclera is generically referred to as the white of the eye, made of a very tough type of protein. When it becomes "red, " the causes can vary; from infection, to eye pressure, to injury, dryness of the cornea, allergy, etc. While some causes may be self-limited, others could blind you. You need to get an eye examination. ...Read more

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How do I treat an irritated sclera?

Help needed: Need to diagnose whether it is conjunctivitis, epi-scleritis or true scleritis! What looks like one may be another! Implications of one diagnosis drastically different than another! Best advice is to see an eyemd for diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Tiny grey spot at the end of blood vessel in eye and discolored patch with a tinge of yellowish brown on my sclera. Eyes were irritated with sunblock?

Tiny grey spot at the end of blood vessel in eye and discolored patch with a tinge of yellowish brown on my sclera. Eyes were irritated with sunblock?

Sun damage: It sounds like you have pinguecula. It caused by sun UV ray. It sometimes can get inflame 2/2 dry eye, irritation, allergy or more sun exposure. Pls use tear drops and avoid sun by wearing UV AB protected sunglasses. ...Read more

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What could be causing my eye to be irritated?

What could be causing my eye to be irritated?

Dry eye treatment: Your description sounds like dry eye. Initial treatment is frequent artificial tears during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses a few times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. If no improvement, you should see an eye doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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My eye is irritated whenever I blink, what is going on?

My eye is irritated whenever I blink, what is going on?

Irritation: You may have something under your eyelid. I recoomend using saline eye wash to try to rinse it out. If that doesn't work try lubricating eye drops. You may have dry eyes or eye allergies. See an eye doctor if these don't work. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my eye is really irritated. Its really really red. What should I do?

Should I be concerned if my eye is really irritated. Its really really red. What should I do?

Red eye: You should be concerned. How did it start? If there was no incident trauma or chance you got something caustic in the eye, then if the vision is fairly stable, and if you're not in pain it is less likely an immediate concern. If you have a uri, or if 'pink eye'/conjunctivitis is going around: don't rub eyes, wash the margins/lashes with dilute baby shampoo solution, keep hands clean, sched appt. ...Read more

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I left my contact in to long and my eye is really irritated?

I left my contact in to long and my eye is really irritated?

Overwear condition: The contact lens interferes with the protective tear flow and the oxygen flow to the front of the eye. If you leave it in too long you might have changes in the surface skin from overwear, but there is also a risk of infection. You might see a white dot on the cornea in that case. If the eye is very red, vision is changed or there is a discharge, see your ophthalmologist without delay. ...Read more

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Why is my eye getting irritated that white stuff is coming out of it?

Why is my eye getting irritated that white stuff is coming out of it?

Eye discharge: Eye discharge with irritation can be a sign of infection, foreign body, allergies or a few other things. If you have pain, blurred vision, severe irritation, greenish/yellowish discharge, or fever those are signs to see a PCP immediately. A greenish discharge is more often seen with a bacterial infection while a white discharge more often has a white discharge however this is not always the case. ...Read more

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Slept on eye and now my eye is irritated and blurr vision. Its been over 3 hours and eye is better but still irritated and blurred some.

Slept on eye and now my eye is irritated and blurr vision. Its been over 3 hours and eye is better but still irritated and blurred some.

Dryness: Eyes tend to protect themselves even during sleep. You probably slept in a way that the eye was partially opened causing some dryness to the corneal surface. This will cause irritation and some degree of blur. The eye will quickly recover from this. ...Read more

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Lash curled into the corner of my eye and my eye was hurting and irritated I got it out but next morning my was matted shut should I get it looked at?

Lash curled into the corner of my eye and my eye was hurting and irritated I got it out but next morning my was matted shut should I get it looked at?

Might be infected: Inturned eyelashes can cause an amazing amount of irritation, but it is possible that an infection set in even in spite of getting the eyelash out. You can try using a warm compress over the closed eye and gently cleaning to see if that clears away any residual debris. OTC artificial tears might also help. If the symptoms persist, you might need an antibiotic eye drop or ointment to use. ...Read more

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My eyes are crusty in the morning and the lids are suddenlyextremely dry. I always us an eye creme, however the lids are still so dry and irritated. What should I do?

My eyes are crusty in the morning and the lids are suddenlyextremely dry. I always us an eye creme, however the lids are still so dry and irritated. What should I do?

See your doctor: You may have a condition called blepharitis. This is a treatable condition of inflammation of the margins and glands of the eyelids. You need to consult an eye doctor for specific treatment. An over the counter lubricating creme will not address the problem. ...Read more

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What are pink eye and normal irritated eye?

What are pink eye and normal irritated eye?

Slang: Pink eye is also known medically as conjunctivitis. Both irritated eyes and pink eye can have similar symptoms. Ophthalmologists often look for the presence of inflammed lymph nodes for conjunctivitis. Allergy follows a different pattern in terms of symptoms and can cause much more itching. All can create watery irritated eyes. Your local eye specialist can help. ...Read more

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