Red bumps on the eyelid, eye twitch, and the contagious pinkeye are all common eye problems. Here are some ways to identify what your eye issue is and determine if you should schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.
- Pinkeye: Pinkeye is also known as acute conjunctivitis. If your eyes have a yellow or white discharge accompanied by itchy and red eyes, you might have pinkeye. Pinkeye can last up to ten days and is contagious, so be sure to wash your hands a lot and never share towels. In some cases, cold symptoms like a runny nose accompany pinkeye. Other eye problems, like dry eye or an eye infection, are very similar to pinkeye. To be sure of what you have, in this case, it may be best to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor so you can begin treatment if needed.
- Eye twitch: Eyelid myokymia, or eye twitch is not typically a serious condition, but it sure can be irritating. Studies show that eye twitch may be connected to stress, not enough sleep, or caffeine intake. The solution may be simple life changes like getting to bed early and decreasing your coffee consumption. If your eye twitching persists over a week or it spreads to other parts of your face, it could be more serious. In this case, you may want to see your doctor.
- Red bumps on the eyelid: A stye is the result of the oil glands on your eyelid getting clogged. These red bumps are a painful infection. To alleviate the discomfort, a warm wet rag can be applied to the bump about six times a day. This will help rinse and relieve the pressure. Use baby shampoo and hot water to cleanse your eyelashes once a day. If you don’t notice a difference within a week, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. In some cases, a steroid ointment, surgery, or antibiotic may be needed to heal the stye.
If you have concerns about an eye issue you have, give the Eye Care Institute a call today at (707) 546-9800.