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Taking the Red-eye August 9, 2006

Posted by queenofnothing in Uncategorized.

I have episcleritis. Sounds scary eh? It’s not really. Here’s what it is:

Episcleritis presents as a relatively asymptomatic acute onset redness in one or both eyes. Typically, you’ll observe a sectoral injection of the episcleral and overlying conjunctival vessels, although the redness may be diffuse throughout these tissues. Occasionally, there may be a translucent white nodule centrally within the inflamed area (nodular episcleritis). While some patients complain of mild pain or tenderness to the affected region, particularly upon manipulation, often there is no associated discomfort. The cornea remains clear in this condition, although long-standing or recurrent episcleritis may lead to dellen formation. There is no associated anterior chamber reaction.

Yep, I’ve got the red-eye. Not to be confused with the pink-eye. The scary part? While they don’t know what causes it…in certain instances there may be an association with some underlying systemic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, polyarteritis nodosa, systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory bowel disease, sarcoidosis, Wegener’s granulomatosis, gout, herpes zoster virus or syphilis.

Great, just fucking great!




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