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My Eye is Red and Swollen? How do I Know if it’s Serious?

May 25, 2021

You’ve noticed that one of your eyes and eyelids have suddenly become red and swollen. The eye is tearing up and has become annoyingly itchy. The irritation is uncomfortable, you’re concerned about how serious it might be, and whether it could be contagious. The optometrists at the offices of Eye to Eye are specially trained to diagnose the causes of these types of conditions, whether there is an infection present, and what steps to take in order to heal as quickly as possible and prevent the problem from recurring.

One common eye irritation is conjunctivitis, often referred to as “pink eye,” which occurs when the thin, transparent layer of tissue that lines the eyelid and the white portion of the eye becomes swollen. Our optometrists will conduct a comprehensive examination to arrive at a diagnosis, and then seek to identify its cause. It could be you’ve had an allergic reaction, or contracted a bacterial infection. Viral conjunctivitis is connected with a common cold. Some people come down with pink eye in reaction to irritants like chlorine in swimming pools, exposure to noxious chemicals, or sensitivity to air pollution.

Our optometrists are leaders in primary eye health care, experts at detecting conditions that can affect your vision and guiding you in taking the right measures to treat them. The health of your eyes and the preservation of your vision are our top priorities. We treat our patients with the utmost care, ensuring their comfort and well-being during a visit.

There are few things more precious than our eyes, and at the offices of Eye to Eye we are dedicated to protecting them. If you or someone in your family is concerned about an irritation or redness of the eye, don’t hesitate to call our office today for an appointment. We’re the clear choice when it comes to relieving your discomfort and worries.

1819 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093