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Red Eye

Private Eye Care in London
by Consultant Laura Crawley


Red Eye

Description and Symptoms

Red eye is a common symptom and has many different causes. A detailed history and examination are required to determine the cause.

It is important to note whether the redness is all around the white of the eye. It can suggest conditions such as blepharitis, dry eye, thyroid dysfunction. These can associate red eye, allergic conjunctivitis or infection.

If the redness affects a sector of the eye, it is more likely to be episcleritis. It can appear like an inkblot- subconjunctival haemorrhage.

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I had the best experience working with Dr Crawley. I felt looked after and she took the time to get to know me. I would highly recommend her.

Sven K. | Brighton

From the moment I met her to the moment I left, I was treated with great courtesy and kindness, and everything was explained to me in layman’s terms so I could fully understand my condition. I was immensely impressed.

Paul | London

“Thank you very much for seeing me yesterday, you were marvellous and a pride to the NHS”

Mariah P. | London

Dear Laura,
Just a quick note to say thanks for looking after my mum Mrs M. so wonderfully. It was so good of you to take so much time and care as she was very worried about my appointment and you really made such a difference to my experience. Thank you.

Ruth S. | Oxford

Dear Angela and Laura,
Thank you very much for seeing me yesterday. You were both marvellous and a pride to the NHS. You could, if you two wish, send this to your line manager. Thank you again!

Rebecca K. | Brighton

Dear Laura,
Enjoy your holiday and thanks for everything so far.
Best Wishes

Janet A. | London

Causes of Red Eye

There are many causes if the red eye. This is a general term rather than a specific diagnosis.

The primary causes are

  • Blepharitis and associated dry eye
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
  • Infective conjunctivitis
  • Subconjunctival haemorrhage
  • Contact lens-related infection

Red Flags: If you have painful redness affecting one eye. Then this requires urgent examination, especially if

  • You are a contact lens wearer as ulceration of the cornea needs to be identified or excluded
  • Feeling nauseous or have vomited -this usually indicates high pressure in the eye
  • Highly sensitive to standard lighting- photophobia and redness usually indicate uveitis and inflammation inside the eye

All these need expert advice and urgent treatment. Ms Crawley is experienced in managing all of these conditions.

Red eye diagnosis and examination

Ms Crawley will check your vision. She will examine your eyes on the slit lamp microscope and may take swabs of your eye. She will discuss the result with you and make an individualised treatment plan based on the findings.

Hello, I’m Eye Consultant Laura Crawley

I’m a consultant ophthalmic surgeon with specialist interest in glaucoma, cataract surgery and common red eye conditions such as blepharitis and conjuctivitis.

My patients are people who want to be highly informed, understand all of their options and work together with me to ensure the best possible eye care outcomes.

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I am very happy to have patients come back to see me year after year

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