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Swollen eye: Learn to recognise symptoms and minimise complications
Posted on January 1, 2015, 7:59 PM PDT

Swollen eye: Learn to recognise symptoms and minimise complications

Swollen eye can be prevented by proper hygiene and taking care of cleanliness. However, it can affect people of all ages and can easily spread from one person to another. Therefore, it is important to know as much as possible about this condition, so that one can minimise its occurrence and spread. In addition, timely medical intervention and management can prevent the development of serious complications. With care and attention, patients can easily recover from this. Red flags- signs and symptoms you should never ignore:
    • If your eyelid swells up on its own or after sustaining some injury, and the swelling persists for longer than a day, then you should consult a doctor.
 
    • In addition, if the swelling is accompanied by pain, irritation, itching, watery discharge and blurry vision, then you not wait for it to recede, but seek immediate medical assistance.
 
    • Many people experience discomfiture only upon rubbing, touch, wearing glasses or lens and applying eye make up. In such cases also, this may be an indication that a full blown infection is about to occur and should not be ignored.
 
    • This may be cause by an infection or injury. People with allergies and severe cold also experience swelling, irritation and redness in eyes. Or, it might be secondary to some other eye condition. Many times it might resolve on its own, while sometimes, common home remedies can free you from it.
 
    • If some other condition is causing swelling, then treatment of the former will help in resolution of the latter. Your doctor can guide you in this regard.
  Important aspects of therapy, treatment and management:
    • If you do manage to contract this ailment, then you should pay close attention to matters of hygiene and cleanliness. Through the duration of this problem, you should regularly wash your hands, eyes, towels, bed clothes and handkerchiefs.
 
    • Take care not to rub your eye, as this will worsen the irritation and also cause the infection to spread.
 
    • People who use contact lenses should be extra careful. From the moment that they perceive swelling, they should stop using lenses until the doctor says that it is safe for them to use it.
 
    • Using compresses- both cold and warm- will help to relieve the symptoms.
 
    • Minimise stress on your eyes. Protect them from sunlight. Reduce the time spent in front of television or laptop and even cut down on reading. Proper rest will go a long way in alleviating your condition.
 
    • The most important things is to thoroughly follow doctor’s instructions. You should take whatever medications he prescribes in the proper manner. Regular use of eyedrops will help to mitigate your suffering.
  Swollen eye is indeed a very painful and traumatising condition, which can cause major problems if left untreated. The best way to deal with it is to take steps to ensure that you never have to deal with it. However, if you do fall victim to it, then remember, taking the right steps in a proper and timely fashion can help you to overcome this condition very easily.
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