Unfortunately, many people will skip on seeing their eye doctors about their embarrassing eye conditions. You don’t have to be one of them, especially since your eye health is probably the most important among your five senses.
Instead of dismissing sties, conjunctivitis, or blepharitis, you should see your eye doctor at Target as soon as possible. Your embarrassment may quickly turn to anxiety because of the complications, if you don’t do so. Even without complications, you can find relief from your painful symptoms after your eye doctor prescribed medications and recommended useful steps.
Here are a few of the embarrassing eye conditions that must be seen ASAP by your eye doctor.
Conjunctivitis Won’t Tickle You Pink
Red, itchy and watery eyes will definitely not tickle you pink! Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an inflammation resulting in the eyes’ lining becoming red, swollen and painful. The condition can be viral or bacterial in nature but most cases last for seven to ten days.
Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are highly contagious, especially with close contact. You should avoid contact with others, as much as possible, stop using eye makeup, and see your doctor immediately.
Sties Can Stink
While sties don’t have a stinking smell, these can stink up your life. When you have a sty, you will be less likely to function at full speed, so to speak. You can blame the painful sensation from the tender- pimple-like bump forming along the edge of your eyelid for it.
A sty only lasts for a week or so. You can ease your discomfort by placing warm compress on it for several minutes at a time. You must never pop it like a pimple or rub it, even when the itch seems unbearable.
Sties are indicators of chronic bacterial build-up in the eyes. Your doctor can also prescribe antibiotic drops to speed up the healing process and prevent complications.
Red, itchy, and blurry eyes and eyelids are the common symptoms of blepharitis. This is also caused by the excessive growth of bacteria around the eyes, thus, the inflammation.
Blepharitis cannot be cured (i.e., no cure available) but even the worst symptoms can be controlled by:
- Place a warm and damp washcloth over your closed eyes at night to soothe them.
- Wash your eyelids with a diluted mixture of warm water and hypoallergenic baby shampoo.
- Rub your eyelids gently with a soft washcloth.
You can also ask your doctor about an eyelid cleanser, which will remove contaminants like bacteria, pollen and oil. Be sure to take good care of your eyes because it may well be the only ones you have now.