Is painful red eyes with cloudy vision an emergency condition?

Q. Does uveitis cause painful red eyes with cloudy vision?

Answered by
Dr. Agarwal Krishna Kumar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 02, 2023 and last reviewed on: Sep 14, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am 35-year-old female, with a history of uveitis, keratitis, and herpes simplex. I saw my opthalmologist last week with a painful red eye which was sensitive to light. He did a thorough eye examination and said none of the above conditions. Because it is presenting as uveitis he will treat it as such. He put me on Spersadex comp for five days and the eye settled. As of yesterday, my eye remains painful and red free, but it feels thick in the front and the vision (which in this eye is about 25 percent) has a bright white haze over it. Eye drops and lubricating gels have not worked. I still see shapes and colors as before with this cloudy effect (especially prominent in light). Is this an emergency situation? I am seeing my opthalmologist on again but incredibly scared. Can this be an excessive dry eye or blepharitis or allergies?



Welcome to

I understand your concern.

It is difficult to comment about the diagnosis without examining the eye, but the symptoms you are describing may be of some residual uveitis. You should not worry. Keep instilling the eye drops as per your ophthalmologist's instructions and visit on the day of your appointment. I do not think it is an emergency situation. Do tell me what your ophthalmologist says about it. I hope your query is resolved, and further queries are welcome. Feel free to connect with me. Thank you and take care.

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