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Conjunctivitis (pink eye)

Eye infections are common - the

most obvious ones being styes and

pink eye (conjunctivitis). They have

similar symptoms, but the causes

and treatments are completely

different. Conjunctivitis and styes

can look similar, but the reasons

differ. Viruses, bacteria, or allergens

commonly cause conjunctivitis. But

environmental factors like smoke or

dust, dirt, or simply irritation caused

by your contact lenses can also cause

the infection.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis

include:

blurred vision

swelling and redness on your eyelid

eye pus and tearing

red on the whites of your eyes or

inner eyelid

itching.

You can do some things at home to

help treat conjunctivitis - place a

cold compress on your eye, wash

your hands before touching your

eyes and using over-the-counter

drops or cream available from your

pharmacist. If symptoms continue,

visit your GP, who can prescribe

antibiotic treatment.

Styes

A stye is the result of an infection

of the oil glands on your eyelid. A

red lump - a bit like a spot - around

the affected gland or lash follicle is

visible. Sleeping with make-up on,

often rubbing your eyes or using

your disposable contacts for longer

than recommended can cause a stye.

Symptoms include:

pain in or around the eye

a raised, red lump on your eyelid or

swollen eyelid

sensitivity to light

eye pus or tearing

redness

a gritty feeling when you blink.

Don't try to squeeze or pop a stye.

Apply a clean, warm compress to

the area for around 15 minutes up

to five times a day. See your GP if it

hasn't gone away after a few days.

They may prescribe an antibiotic,

or occasionally, the stye may

need draining.

healthline/pink-eye-vs-stye

Diabetes-specific eye

conditions

Diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a type of

eye disease caused by damage to

blood vessels in the eyes, leading

to blindness if left untreated. When

blood vessels are damaged, they

can become blocked, leak or grow

irregularly, and affect your vision.

Keeping your blood glucose

and blood pressure in your target

range will help lower your risk of

developing serious eye problems.

And, the good news is that if

complications do occur, there are

treatments to help your long-term

vision when issues are diagnosed in

time. That's why your eyes will be

screened for diabetic retinopathy

regularly, at least annually.

Retinopathy often develops in

stages:

Stage one - background retinopathy:

This is when your vision hasn't yet

been affected, but action will be

needed to contain the problem. See

'Keeping your eyes in check', xxxx.

Stage two - non-proliferative

retinopathy: This is more serious

damage to your eyes, and you will

have more regular screenings to

monitor any changes.

Stage three - proliferative

retinopathy: This requires treatment

to help avoid the risk of sight loss.

Depending on the severity, there are

various options:

Laser treatment. This, alongside

well-managed blood glucose

levels, can prevent damage from

worsening, but it doesn't usually

improve sight. The session lasts

around 30 minutes, and you

may need more than one. A local

anaesthetic numbs the eyes, and

eye drops enlarge the pupils.

Next, a special contact lens holds

the eyelids open while the small

bursts of laser beams are given.

Afterwards, you may experience

Index

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