Acute Eye Problems

Eye Pain – Eye pain may be something that resolves on its own. However it also can be a sign of something more serious. Discomfort or pain can be caused by a problem in the eye or structures around it. Just as the causes of eye pain vary widely, so do the treatments. Treatments are tailored to the specific cause of eye pain.

Red eyes – Red eye affect one or both eyes. The redness associated with red eye comes from expansion of blood vessels on the surface of your eye due to inflammation. Most often the inflammation that causes red eye occurs in the membrane covering the white of your eye and lining your eyelid. Potential causes of red eye may include infections, allergic reactions, irritants, foreign objects or a lack of sleep.

Change in vision – There are many types of changes that can affect your vision. Symptoms can include blurriness, halos, blind spots, floaters and even blindness. If any of these symptoms are occurring, it could be a sign of an eye disease, aging, an eye injury or another condition. The biggest thing you can do in preventing and treating vision changes is to schedule regular eye exams.

Discharge – Eye discharge is a yellowish, sticky, crusty substance. It can be temporary such as when you wake up in the morning, or persistent in which medical attention should be considered. More serious causes of eye discharge can be associated with medical conditions such as Conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers. Treatment will depend on why your eyes are producing the discharge.

Pink eye – Pink eye, or Conjunctivitis is the term used to describe swelling of the conjunctiva — the thin, filmy membrane that covers the inside of your eyelids and the white part of your eye (known as the sclera). Pink eye symptoms are the swollen eyelids with irritation, itching and tear in them along with a watery discharge from the eye.