Eye Inflammation

Eye Inflammation can affect different parts of your eyes. There are several conditions that can cause eye inflammation, including those inside the eye like uveitis and episcleritis, and around the eye such as blepharitis.

Each condition has specific symptoms, causes and treatments. They range from the mild and easily treatable, to those that can cause permanent damage to the eyes and vision. So, if you are suffering from any kind of inflammation, pain, or discomfort in your eyes, it’s important to see your optometrist right away. We can diagnose your problem and recommend the right treatment.


Episcleritis often goes away by itself, so treatment isn’t always
necessary. Topical or inflammatory medicines may be prescribed by
your optometrist to help with pain or in recurring cases.


There isn’t a cure, but if you suffer from eyelid inflammation your optometrist may suggest options to help ease the symptoms such as:

  • Daily eyelid-cleaning routine: This is the most important and
    effective way to reduce the intensity and frequency of symptoms even if you don’t currently have an infection
  • Over-the counter treatments: Medicated eyelid washes can help clear up and prevent infections ¹⁴
  • Antibiotic ointment or drops: In more serious cases of blepharitis, antibiotics might be necessary

If you would like to learn more about uveitis including iritis,
episcleritis, blepharitis or other eye inflammation conditions,
please head over to the NHS website.