Learn About Episcleritis

What is the definition of Episcleritis?

Episcleritis is irritation and inflammation of the episclera, a thin layer of tissue covering the white part (sclera) of the eye. It is not an infection.

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What are the causes of Episcleritis?

Episcleritis is a common condition. In most cases the problem is mild and vision is normal.

The cause is often unknown. But, it may occur with certain diseases, such as:

  • Herpes zoster
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sjögren syndrome
  • Syphilis
  • Tuberculosis
What are the symptoms of Episcleritis?

Symptoms include:

  • A pink or purple color to the normally white part of the eye
  • Eye pain
  • Eye tenderness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Tearing of the eye
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What are the current treatments for Episcleritis?

The condition most often goes away on its own in 1 to 2 weeks. Using corticosteroid eye drops may help ease the symptoms faster.

Who are the top Episcleritis Local Doctors?
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Sankara Nethralaya

Chennai, TN, IN 

Parthopratim Majumder-Dutta is in Chennai, India. Majumder-Dutta is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Episcleritis. They are also highly rated in 6 other conditions, according to our data. Their top areas of expertise are Episcleritis, Scleritis, Uveitis, and Tuberculous Uveitis.

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George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates

National Eye Institute 10 Center Dr 
Bethesda, MD 20892

Hatice Sen is an Ophthalmologist in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Sen has been practicing medicine for over 25 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Episcleritis. She is also highly rated in 13 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Uveitis, Scleritis, Episcleritis, and Birdshot Chorioretinopathy. She is licensed to treat patients in Virginia. Dr. Sen is currently accepting new patients.

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Universitat De Barcelona

Department Of Autoimmune Diseases 
Barcelona, CT, ES 

Maite Maza-La is in Barcelona, Spain. Maza-La is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Episcleritis. She is also highly rated in 7 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Episcleritis, Scleritis, Birdshot Chorioretinopathy, and Uveitis.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for Episcleritis?

Episcleritis most often improves without treatment. However, treatment may make symptoms go away sooner.

What are the possible complications of Episcleritis?

In some cases, the condition may return. Rarely, irritation and inflammation of the white part of the eye may develop. This is called scleritis.

When should I contact a medical professional for Episcleritis?

Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of episcleritis that last for more than 2 weeks. Get checked again if your pain gets worse or you have problems with your vision.

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A Multicenter Randomized Open-label Trial Comparing the Efficacy and Safety of Infliximab Versus Cyclophosphamide in Subjects With Idiopathic Refractory Scleritis
What are the Latest Advances for Episcleritis?
Surgically-induced necrotising scleritis complicated by Nocardia infection following routine cataract surgery.
Atypical posterior scleritis mimicking an amelanotic choroidal melanoma. A case report.
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Cytomegalovirus as a possibly overlooked agent of hypertensive anterior uveitis and endotheliitis in immunocompetent patients in Brazil.
Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date : August 18, 2020
Published By : Franklin W. Lusby, MD, ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

What are the references for this article ?

Cioffi GA, Liebmann JM. Diseases of the visual system. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 395.

Denniston AK, Rhodes B, Gayed M, Carruthers D, Gordon C, Murray PI. Rheumatic disease. In: Schachat AP, Sadda SVR, Hinton DR, Wilkinson CP, Wiedemann P, eds. Ryan's Retina. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 83.

Patel SS, Goldstein DA. Episcleritis and scleritis. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019:chap 4.11.

Schonberg S, Stokkermans TJ. Episcleritis. 2021 Feb 13. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan. PMID: 30521217 pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30521217/.