What causes red eye and what is the red eye treatment?


Red eye is not uncommon in children, and usually, it’s a common cause such as a child rubbing their eyes or playing outdoors, and a bit of sand gets into the eye.

However, if red eyes are persistent or associated with other symptoms, then the child should be seen by a specialist.

There must be a thorough examination and assessment to see what’s the underlying cause of red eyes…

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This is now becoming known as a disease in children which affects the glands that produce oil. So in effect, the eyes become sore, uncomfortable, and the child becomes very sensitive to light.

If your child is sensitive to light or has red eyes all the time, then it probably should be examined and assessed to rule out any severe disease that could be treated. The treatment usually is simple, which is just a bit of a heated eye mask, eyelid massages, and antibiotics–this will help to clear the blocked oil glands. However, sometimes this is not enough, and further treatment might be required.

When Dr. Hamada sees your child, he will go through all the options available and depending on the level of the disease, he can advise you on the appropriate treatment.

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Mr Samer Hamada | Consultant Ophthalmologist and Corneal Surgeon

MD, MSc, DO (hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth I am Samer Hamada, founder and consultant ophthalmic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in ophthalmology. I am a world-renowned specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. I’m not only a leading surgeon but also the only dual fellowship trained in corneal diseases in children from reputable institutions in the UK. At Eye Clinic London I work closely with other consultant ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our main aim is to make sure our patients get the safest and best treatments available to them. We put your safety before anything else so you can rest assured that if you choose us you will be in the best and safest hands.

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