Red, Painful Eyes: Causes and Relief Strategies

Red, Painful Eyes: Causes and Relief Strategies
Published on, 16 April, 2024. Answered by Dr. Fruwhe Oghenerume and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


My both eyes are red, but my left eye feels like there's something stuck in it, although I can't see anything. It's burning and was painful to close last night. This morning, there was a lot of crust around my eye. What could this be?



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


The symptoms you're experiencing, including redness, pain, and crustiness, suggest conjunctivitis, an inflammatory condition of the eyes. This can be caused by various factors like foreign bodies, allergies, infections (bacterial or viral), or habitual irritation. Rarely, it could be due to ocular tumors. Treatment depends on the cause but generally involves resting the eyes with a dark shade, using anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops (two drops in each eye morning and night), and regular irrigation with clean, warm water. Additionally, avoid dusty or smoky environments. It's important to consult your doctor or ophthalmologist for a proper evaluation and treatment plan. 



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