WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Iritis is inflammation of your iris. The iris is the colored part of your eye.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or ophthalmologist within 24 hours:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Cycloplegics: These eyedrops dilate your pupil and relax your eye muscles. This helps decrease pain and light sensitivity.
- Steroids: These eyedrops help decrease pain and inflammation.
- Acetaminophen: This medicine decreases pain. You can buy acetaminophen without a doctor's order. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Manage your symptoms:
- Apply a warm compress to your eye: Wet a washcloth in warm water and wring it out. Place it gently over your eye for 20 minutes 3 to 4 times each day. This will help soothe your eye and decrease inflammation.
- Wear dark sunglasses: This will help prevent pain and light sensitivity.
Contact your primary healthcare provider or ophthalmologist if:
- Your pain gets worse, even after treatment.
- You see halos or rainbows around lights.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have severe eye pain and a headache.
- Your vision suddenly gets worse.
- You have nausea or vomiting.
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