What are External Eye Conditions?
Our experienced and board-certified ophthalmologists regularly treat a broad range of eye conditions that range from commonplace to complex. Conditions that affect the ocular surface of the eye or the eyelids are known as external eye conditions. These conditions include conjunctivitis, pterygium, blepharitis, and chalazion. If an eye condition is affecting your daily life, it is important to seek expert care to ensure prompt healing. To have your eye condition assessed by an expert ophthalmologist, please contact our Clewner & Kelly Eye Center in Boca Raton, FL, today.
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What Are the Symptoms of External Eye Conditions?
The symptoms for external eye conditions can vary based on the condition itself. However, the symptoms of these conditions can generally range from mild irritation and redness to more severe discomfort and impaired vision. Some common symptoms of external eye conditions include:
- Pain in or around the eye
- Light sensitivity
- Blurry vision or distorted vision
- Itching or burning
- Discharge from the eye
How are External Eye Conditions Treated?
Your treatment plan will depend on the type and severity of the external eye condition affecting your eyes. If you have noticed any symptoms affecting your eyes and eyelids, you should seek an expert evaluation as soon as possible to preserve your ocular health. Some of the conditions our team routinely assesses at our Boca Raton, FL location are:
- Conjunctivitis: Commonly referred to as "pink eye," conjunctivitis means swelling or inflammation of the conjunctiva or thin transparent tissue that covers the white part of the eye. Conjunctivitis can be caused by allergens, infection, or chemical irritants and will often be treated with different types of eye drops, depending on the cause.
- Chalazion: A chalazion is a lump that forms due to blockage and swelling of the oil glands on the eyelid. Treatment is typically minimal and involves applying warm compresses to the eyelid and gently massaging the eyelid until the chalazion is able to drain and heal. If the chalazion does not clear up within a month, it may require professional draining, which can be performed at our practice in Boca Raton, FL. Do not attempt to squeeze or pop the chalazion on your own, as this may cause additional damage.
- Pterygium: Pterygium or surfer's eye refers to an abnormal growth of tissue on the conjunctiva that can expand to cover the cornea, which is the transparent front window of the eye. A pterygium may be able to resolve with minimal treatment, such as eye drops, but if the pterygium is affecting your vision or causing astigmatism, then it can be surgically removed.
- Blepharitis: Blepharitis refers to inflammation of the eyelids and can be caused by an infection or an underlying condition, like seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows) or rosacea. Depending on the cause, treatment might include warm compresses, antibiotic eye medication, or a daily cleansing regimen.
Eternal Eye Conditions FAQ
What causes conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis can be caused by an external eye infection, allergies, chemical irritates, or even sometimes contact lenses. If you are experiencing symptoms of conjunctivitis, including itchiness, redness, or any color or consistency of discharge, please contact your Boca Raton, FL ophthalmologist to be treated. Our team can identify the cause and appropriate treatment for your conjunctivitis.
How long does it take a chalazion to heal?
With treatment, a chalazion may be able to resolve within a week. If you suspect you have a chalazion, please contact your Boca Raton, FL, eye care professionals to have your eyes examined so you can be given proper treatment instructions. If your chalazion does not resolve within a week, please consult your eye care professional for more treatment options.
Will a pterygium go away on its own?
A pterygium typically will not resolve on its own, but there are minimally invasive treatment options that may help. If your pterygium is causing significant vision problems, then it can be surgically removed. Contact your Boca Raton, FL ophthalmologist to have your pterygium evaluated and to discuss your best options for pterygium treatment.
Special Care for Eye Conditions
To maintain your optimal eye health and protect your vision from conditions affecting the cornea and external disease, it is important to immediately seek expert care for any ailments on your eyes or eyelids. Our professional team at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center can ensure the correct diagnosis of your condition and the best treatment plan to promote timely healing. To consult with a board-certified ophthalmologist and have your eyes examined, contact our center in Boca Raton, FL.
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