Patient Information Sheet 

You have been diagnosed as having episcleritis.

The front, white part of the eye called the sclera is covered by transparent membrane called the conjunctiva.  Between these is another transparent layer called the episclera.  When this is inflamed it is known as episcleritis.


The cause is unknown in most cases, although some people suffering from gout may be more prone to episcleritis.

It normally affects only one eye.


  • Redness 
  • Pain 
  • Sensitivity to light 
  • Tenderness in the eye 
  • Watering of the eye 

Episcleritis is easily treated by drops prescribed by the doctor and usually resolves in about two weeks. The doctor will want to check the drops are helping to treat the episcleritis.

Episcleritis can recur and if it does, you should come to the Eye Hospital.

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