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Posted by: Nthabobo | 2011-03-24

Eye infection

Dear Doctor,
I have recuring eye infection which causes my eyelid to swell and become red, heavy, itchy and sometimes sore. I have been to the eye specialist several times and he normally just cuts, amd drain the puss and give me an oinment. The other day I consulted a GP and he mentioned that maybe this could be a glocoma which got me quite scared. What would be the symptons of a glocoma? he gave me treatment and I am now okay. Should I be worried?

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Hallo Nthabobo
Gloucoma is a condition where the pressure in the eye is too high. It can easily be tested by any optometrist. Glaucoma can cause a red sore eye but won't cause itchiness or discharge. See
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002587/
It sounds to me as if you perhaps get styes (also called hordeolum)if it needs to be cut and drained. Read more on (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002004/)
It may help to clean your eyelids with diluted babyshampoo in water (use an earbud)to prevent infection.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Cyberdoc | 2011-03-24

Hallo Nthabobo
Gloucoma is a condition where the pressure in the eye is too high. It can easily be tested by any optometrist. Glaucoma can cause a red sore eye but won't cause itchiness or discharge. See
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002587/
It sounds to me as if you perhaps get styes (also called hordeolum)if it needs to be cut and drained. Read more on (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002004/)
It may help to clean your eyelids with diluted babyshampoo in water (use an earbud)to prevent infection.
Dr Bets

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