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. The symptoms of these conditions can range from mild irritation and redness to more severe discomfort and impaired vision. 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.
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.
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Special Care for Eye Conditions
To maintain your optimal eye health and protect your vision, it is important to immediately seek expert care for any ailments affecting 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.