Why does my conjunctivitis keep coming back?
If conjunctivitis keeps coming back, it may be because you have a blocked tear duct or recurrent blepharitis, which is inflammation and crusting at the eyelash roots, causing sticky red eyes. If you have a blocked tear drainage duct you can get a watering, sticky eye but, usually, it is not red.
If you keep getting recurrent bouts of conjunctivitis we need to find out what the source of the infection is.
Usually, conjunctivitis is caught from somebody outside, such as someone who has viral conjunctivitis, or it arises as a result of a low-grade infection that is present either in your tear sac or along your lid margin, which then flares up as recurrent conjunctivitis. An ophthalmologist will be able to diagnose the cause and give you the appropriate treatment.
This week I had a patient come into the clinic with a two-week history of Dracula-like red eyes and puffy eyelids, blurred vision and sticky eyes. She also had swollen lymph glands in front of her ears and under her chin – the pre-auricular and submandibular glands.
The diagnosis was severe viral conjunctivitis with secondary inflammatory effects, causing her corneas to cloud with the result that she had reduced vision. It kept coming back. It was a very worrying time for her.
We started her on the relevant eye drops, and I am pleased to say that this week she walked back into Clinica London looking and feeling very much better. Her eyes were less sticky, less red and she had clearer vision. She will now continue to make a full recovery.
Each case of conjunctivitis is different, and you need to see an ophthalmologist to diagnose the underlying cause of your recurrent problem and learn how we can help you to get better.
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Sajjad Ahmad MBBS, FRCOphth, PhD
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon – Cornea & External Eye Diseases, Cataract & Refractive Surgery Specialist
Resident expert – Sajjad Ahmad
I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with a special interest in managing diseases of the front of the eye: cornea, cataract and refractive, as well as external eye diseases (for example dry eye disease and allergic eye disease) here at Clinica London.
The ophthalmic community recognises me as a leader in the management and treatment of severe corneal and ocular surface diseases including inflammatory eye disease and corneal transplantation.
My mix of research and clinical experience have been vital to translate some of my laboratory research findings into the treatment of debilitating eye diseases of the cornea. I am is currently the UK Chief Investigator for a new European clinical trial of corneal stem cells.
Laura Crawley BSc (Hons), MB ChB (Hons) MRCP, FRCOphth GMC
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon & Glaucoma Specialist
Resident expert – Laura Crawley
I am a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Clinica London with a special interest in treating patients with glaucoma and cataract.
I am very experienced in treating glaucoma and have published extensively in scientific journals and on medical education. I do many emergency operations at the Charing Cross and Western Eye Hospitals for the NHS.
I qualified at the University of Bristol in 1999, winning the Gold medal and Suple prize for medicine and surgery. Having completed my physician training in Bristol, I undertook Ophthalmology training in Oxford and continued training in London at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Imperial College NHS Trust, and at the Western Eye Hospital where I did a two-year fellowship specialising in Glaucoma.
Jaheed Khan BSc (Hons) MBBS MD FRCOphth
Ophthalmologist, Medical Retina & Cataract Surgeon
Resident expert – Jaheed Khan
I am a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Clinica London and at Moorfields Eye Hospital. My main expertise is in medical retina, including diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, and cataract surgery.
I graduated from the Royal Free Hospital and University College London Medical School where I received a first class distinction for my Bachelor degrees.
I completed primary ophthalmic training at St Thomas’ Hospital and was later awarded a medical doctorate (MD) for my scientific research into new treatments for diabetic maculopathy at King’s College London.
I then completed higher ophthalmic training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital and the Western Eye Hospital, Imperial NHS Trust. I was then selected for advanced sub-speciality fellowship training at Moorfields Eye Hospital where I developed expertise in cataract surgery and management of conditions affecting the retina which include diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.
I am renowned for my teaching excellence in eye surgery and am a clinical supervisor for the London School of Ophthalmology.
Jane Olver BSc, MBBS, DO, FRCS, FRCOphth
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Eyelid & Lacrimal Specialist
Resident expert – Jane Olver
I am trained as an eye surgeon, and work both as a medical general ophthalmologist and oculoplastic (eyelid), lacrimal (tearduct) surgeon, and also do cosmetic rejuvenation and eyelid surgery.
In 2010, I founded Clinica London with the aim of providing a rapid access, high quality, Private Eye and Skin Clinic with several Consultant Specialists. Since 2014, I worked full time at Clinica London as both a Specialist Ophthalmologist and Medical Director.
I see many patients with general eye problems, dry eyes, eyelid and watering eye problems.
Naz Raoof, BA, BM BCh, FRCOphth
Ophthalmologist specialising in Paediatrics, Strabismus & Neuro-ophthalmology
Resident expert – Naz Raoof
I am a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Royal London Hospital (appointed 2017).
At Clinica London, I am responsible for paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus treatment and neuro-ophthalmology. I also see adults and children with general and urgent eye problems and carry out routine and urgent procedures at Clinica London.
I trained as a doctor at the University of Oxford, qualifying in 2004. Following my training, the Royal Hallamshire Hospital (Sheffield) and the University of Sheffield employed me as a junior doctor in Ophthalmology.
I undertook two post-training specialist Fellowships in paediatrics, strabismus and neuro-ophthalmology, including 12 months at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and in Auckland, New Zealand, before becoming a Consultant.
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