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Eye Diseases & Conditions
Eye Inflammation

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is your body’s response to injury, infection, or irritation. Inflammation can sometimes occur in response to normally harmless substances, such as dust, grass, or pollen. This is called an allergic reaction. The immune system may also mistakenly trigger inflammation in response to the body. This is called an autoimmune reaction.

What is eye inflammation?

Eye inflammation occurs in response to infection, allergies, autoimmune disorders, irritation, injury, or trauma to the eyes, eyelids, or surrounding tissues. Different parts of the eye can be affected, depending on the cause of the inflammation. Eye inflammation is common and can happen at any age. The length of time of the eye inflammation and treatment will depend on the type and severity of the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Most cases of eye inflammation can be successfully treated. However, in rare cases there can be a serious disease present, which is a threat to the eyesight. Early diagnosis is very important. If you have any of the signs or symptoms of inflammation of the eye, visit your doctor or an eye specialist as soon as possible.

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