What Is Eye Inflammation?
An eye inflammation is any response to a bacterial infection, allergies, irritants, surgery, or trauma that can affect your eye in a negative way. While most eye inflammations tend to go away on their own, there are some inflammations that can be quite severe and last for a long time. It is important that if you have an eye inflammation that you look at the duration of the inflammation as well as the severity of it to avoid any scarring or permanent damage. Your two eyes are the only ones you are ever going to have and you need to take care of them, so if you have an eye inflammation a quick diagnosis is always a good idea from your doctor or ophthalmologist.
There are many less severe eye inflammations that occur regularly in some people. They often can be treated easily and may even go away on their own. They are Conjunctivitis, Episcleritis, Blepharitis, Keratitis, Uveitis and Scleritis. Although each one is different, they all have noticeable symptoms such as swelling, redness, minor pain, irritation, and sensations of heat that are caused by an increase of blood flow to your eye. They can be caused by any number of reasons. Bacteria are one major cause that can bring on many of the eye inflammations that you may have over your lifetime. Other reasons are prescription and over the counter eye drops that are overused, a deficiency of Vitamin A, allergies, contact lens use, some illnesses such as diabetes, measles, and herpes, as well as the use of certain cosmetics in and around the eye.
Depending on the area and the level of severity in your eye inflammation, the treatment may be different. Some inflammations such as Scleritis and Uveitis need medical attention, whereas conjunctivitis can usually be cured with a salt water wash. The best thing you can do if you have any inflammation at all is to use a clean warm or cold compress to reduce the discomfort, lower the swelling, and take away some of the redness until you can get to a doctor or until it starts to clear up.
In most cases, the inflammation will clear up quickly, but if there is severe pain or blood that is impairing your vision then it is best to get to a doctor quickly. In the less severe cases you can use herbal medicines that will help clear up your symptoms of eye inflammation quicker than just using a warm or cold compress. They also promote healthier eyes so you can prevent an inflammation from happening again. Bilberry is a common herb that is associated with eye health. Used to strengthen eye capillaries, and prevent eye infection, it is commonly sold specifically for eye care. Rooibos, and Sutherlandia Frutescens also work to bring a healthy supply of blood and oxygen to the eye. It is an anti-oxidant that also contains nutrients to help you recover quickly from an eye inflammation.