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Treatment of inflammatory eye diseases

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is the reaction of the body's immune system to an injury, infection or irritation. Inflammation can occur in cases of irritation with harmless allergens such as dust, grass or pollen. That is called an allergic reaction. In other cases, the body's immune system "misreacts" so that it defends itself with an inflammatory reaction and develops an inflammatory reaction against its own cells and tissues that are recognized as foreign. This type is called an autoimmune reaction.

What is the purpose of inflammation?

The goal of inflammation is reparation and healing, so it can be considered the body's attempt to restore itself to its initial state of health. The most common signs of inflammation are pain, warmth, swelling and redness. Eye inflammation is a reaction of the eye to viral, bacterial, fungal or parasitic infections, allergies, autoimmune systemic diseases, irritation, injury or foreign body of the eyes, eyelids and surrounding tissues.

Treatment of inflammatory eye diseases

In eye inflammation, different parts of the eye can be affected, depending on the cause of the inflammation. Eye inflammation is very common and affects all age groups. The length of the inflammation and the treatment depends on the type and severity of the causative disease, disorder or stage of the disease. Early and timely diagnosis is a key factor in the severity, progression and length of treatment of the disease and while most inflammatory conditions are successfully treated, there are rare eye conditions that can cause permanent visual impairment. In case you have any of the symptoms and signs of eye inflammation listed below, visit your ophthalmologist as soon as possible to start treatment in time and to save your vision.

Inflammatory eye disease includes a range of conditions associated with inflammation of the eye. The most common eye infections are the following conditions: inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis), inflammation of the conjunctiva (conjunctivitis), inflammation of the cornea (keratitis), dry eye syndrome and inflammation of the uveal system (uveitis).

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