Red Sore Itchy Eyes

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

It refers to an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines the eyelid and covers the white part of the eyeball leading to pain, itching or presence of visible blood vessels.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Unilateral blindness

  • Eye movement disorder

  • Conjunctival redness

  • Visual field defect

  • Fever

  • Eye pain

Possible causes

  • Pharyngoconjunctival fever

    This is a viral infection causing sore throat, red eyes, and fever. Some patients may have enlarged glands (lymph nodes) in the neck. Patients will recover without treatment by themselves.

  • Intraocular foreign body

    Intraocular foreign bodies are unintentional projectiles that retained in the eye which require urgent diagnosis. If left unattended, it may lead to vision loss and blindness.

  • Corneal damage

    Corneal damage is a wound to the part of the eye known as the cornea. The cornea is the crystal clear (transparent) tissue that covers the front of the eye.

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have redness, pain, or itching in your eyes?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have eye pain?

  • Do you feel that your eyesight is worsening recently?

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