Warning Signs of a Serious Eye Problem
Sudden vision loss could indicate macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 65, or glaucoma. Loss of vision, especially if it occurs suddenly or affects just one eye, could also be a sign that you are about to have stroke.
One red eye
Two red eyes are probably not as serious as just one red eye. Two red eyes are most likely the result of a cold or conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, which go away by themselves. One red eye is a sign of deep inflammation, which can occur on the outer, protective layer of the eye or in the middle coating of the eyeball.
Most eye diseases are painless, but a few conditions can cause discomfort. Eye pain may be the result of glaucoma, dry eye, injury, a scratched cornea, or, rarely, cancer of the eye. Seek help if pain or redness from an eye injury does not subside within 15 to 20 minutes.
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