Some minor eye irritation is common with minor eye infections.
Pinkeye (conjunctivitis), allergies, or dryness in the eye may
also cause your eyes to feel sandy or scratchy. Home treatment is usually all
that is needed to relieve the irritation.
When you have a viral illness that causes a fever, such as influenza,
it may hurt to move your eyes (such as when you look to the side without
turning your head). As you get better, your eyes will also feel better.
A stye is a pimple or abscess that forms in either the upper or lower eyelid. It is an infection caused by blockage of an oil duct and bacteria that normally live on the surface of the eyelid without any problems. Some of these germs get trapped along with dead skin cells along the edge of the eyelid. Styes are usually superficial and plainly visible. Occasionally, they can reside deeper within the eyelid.
An external stye starts as a pimple next to an eyelash. It turns into a red, painful bump...
Severe eye pain is not common in pinkeye. Severe eye pain requires an
immediate visit to a doctor. Severe, aching eyeball pain is often a sign of a
more serious condition, such as a buildup of pressure inside the eyeball (glaucoma) or inflammation of the colored part of the
eye (iritis). Immediate medical care is needed to prevent the condition from
getting worse and possibly causing blindness.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
November 2, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 02, 2011
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