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How can irritated eyes be a sign of infection?

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Dr. Vance Kilmore
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Irritated eyes can come from a host of disease but the most likely include dry eyes, infections, foreign bodies and blepharitis.
With infections, whether they are viral or bacterial, there is an inflammatory response. With this response comes outpouring of chemical mediators that mediate the inflammation on the ocular surface and this leads to changes that feel like irritation.

In brief: Red eye

Irritated eyes can come from a host of disease but the most likely include dry eyes, infections, foreign bodies and blepharitis.
With infections, whether they are viral or bacterial, there is an inflammatory response. With this response comes outpouring of chemical mediators that mediate the inflammation on the ocular surface and this leads to changes that feel like irritation.
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