Eye feels irritated and inflamed

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I'm having re-occurring trouble with my right eye were it feels inflamed and irritated. It has happened every so often for the last 2 years. At first I was told it could be dry eye. But I think this has been ruled out now. I went to an optician last week about it but he could see nothing wrong. I wasn't having a flare up at the time. I was told to return if symptoms come back. Which they have. I am booked in for an OCT scan there in just over two weeks. Not sure if this will show anything? as does this just scan the retina? I am struggling to no were to turn to, to help with this problem. Any

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    Any one have any idea what could be causing the eye to feel like this. It never really goes red. Or looks bad to the naked eye anyway. It's just be right eye left eye is fine.

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    I do not know which country you are in and given that this is a fairly international site it does help to know .But if in UK then go to your nearest A&E eye clinic - poss sit and wait and explain your symptomns.

    What they will do is put a yellow dye into your eye surface to detect any scratch or as in my case find a calcium deposit which is minute but can cause irritation, feeling painfull at times and also a feeling of slight grit in the eye like a foreign body.

    If it is that then while it sounds tough as to the fact that they remove it with a needle they do it following a local painless annaesthetic and you do not realise it has been done until you feel the relief - quick and effective if it is that!

    Opticians are good but they do not have the specialist equipment that a hospital has.

    Dry eye is sometimes red and watery.

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      Thanks for the reply yes I'm in the UK. I think the optician put the yellow dye in but couldn't see any scratches or dryness. At a lose to what is causing it. sad

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      Hi Best to have a full examination by an ophthalmologist.

      ​As already said if youare in the UK then there should be an eye hospital with an emereency eye  walkin clinic so that your eye can be examined by a specially trained doctor.

      Have you been exposed to any irritating fumes or chemicals at all?

       

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      I don't think so. It's an intermittent problem it has come and gone a few times. Sun exposure seems to make it worse. Though I have eye protection on most of the time. I would like to see an opthalmologist just not sure if it warrants going to a+e thought it's effecting my life alot.

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      Best to seean opthalmologist, the quickest way is to use theeye emergency clinic that is designed for these eventualites.

      The dr will exqmine your eye for any auto immune dsorders or and advise accordingly.

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    Hi dont go to an optician go to an optomotrist or opthmologist and have them do a full dialted eye exam and the OCT.
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      Thank you, yes I worded it wrong it was an optometrist I saw, he said the eye looked normal at the time he checked it. Though it didn't feel inflamed at the time. Is a reoccurring problem it keeps doing it. I am booked back in for an OCT scan in 2 weeks, Hoping this shows something. Though does this just scan the retina? Not sure if that will show why my eye feels the way it does.

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      Hi again

      I think you should be seen by an ophthalmologist as they have a lot more training and equipment than an optometrist.

      I wonder why the optometrist did not refer you on ?

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