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What causes red sore eyes?

Many patients come to see me at Clinica London urgently because of red sore eyes. At this time of the year (summer) it is likely to be an allergy. Other time of the year it can be blepharitis.
I want to talk a little bit about blepharitis too, because it is so common. At least 4% of the population have it. It is a condition of the eyelid margin that causes very slight redness of the eyelid margin with irritation. It can make the eyes feel dry, watery or sore. It can sometimes drive the patients crazy with irritation, because it’s so uncomfortable. It also predisposes to little cysts called chalazia.
Patients who have red sore eyes need to be examined. As often we can reassure them by simple consultation and examination with the slit lamp (optical microscope). That will help us identify if there is a blepharitis and help them to have the right treatment for that and get rid off their red sore eyes.

More about Jane Olver

Ms Jane Olver is the founder of Clinica London and a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon. Her special expertise is in oculoplastic and cosmetic eye surgery including eyelids and lacrimal surgery. She is specialised in endoscopic lacrimal surgery for watering eyes in adults and children. She has over 20 years’ experience in treating people with eye problems just like you, and has published extensively in scientific journals about Ophthalmology and Lacrimal Surgery and is the author of the books “Ophthalmology at a Glance” and “Colour Atlas of Lacrimal Surgery”. At Clinica London, she is responsible for the Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery part, as well as patients with eye, eyelid and tear duct problems, and acute eye problems.


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