What Is Episcleritis?
Episcleritis is an eye inflammation that while it may look bad, is usually not serious overall. It is the inflammation of the episclera which is the connective tissue between the conjunctiva and sclera in the eye itself. It can be rather uncomfortable and sometimes painful, but usually it disappears within a few weeks after it first started. Women are usually more prone to episcleritis, especially in their 30’s and 40’s. In some cases, people with episcleritis are also prone to reoccurrences if there is no treatment of it the first time. Even still, people that have it once are more susceptible to getting it again.
At first you may not even realize that you have episcleritis. The symptoms are rather mild, with the main symptom being an acute redness. This redness is usually located on the white part of your eye making it look like you have pink eye. Except with episcleritis there is not goopy discharge that comes along with conjunctivitis. The pain is usually mild as well; if you have any at all, but there may be some tenderness to the touch or discomfort as if you have something in your eye. As previously mentioned it will usually go away on its own, but if you do see a doctor they can diagnose it quite easily with a microscope.
The cause of episcleritis is unknown but it can be related to other inflammatory conditions such as lupus, arthritis, as well as others. It could also be a symptom of a more serious disease such as gout, herpes, and tuberculosis. If there is an underlying condition then chances are you will have reoccurrences of episcleritis until you deal with the major condition. Most treatment for episcleritis can be done through natural remedies if you are just dealing with that alone and not a serious medical condition.
Eye health is something that not many people think about, but if you are having reoccurrences with episcleritis or it is just not going away after a week or two then you may want to consider natural medicine in order to promote your own eye health. Herbs such as Rooibos and Sutherlandia Frutescens are both anti-oxidants that can help bring a healthier supply of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the eye. Bilberry is another herb that strengthens eye capillaries and helps to prevent eye related infections.
Our eyes are extremely important to our overall health and wellbeing. You want to make sure that you keep your eyes as strong as possible. While there are no prescription treatments for episcleritis except in severe cases where steroids are prescribed, you can still use natural remedies in order to promote overall eye health. They are the only two eyes you are ever going to have so it is important that you keep them functioning well.