Whether experiencing mild eye discomfort or more painful symptoms, patients should be aware that either could be an important indicator of a serious health problem and should never be ignored.

Severe forms of pain and discomfort, in and around the eye, need immediate medical attention, particularly in cases of constant pain, burning, itching, dryness, inflammation of the lids, foreign bodies, sties, swelling, cloudy/blurred vision or reduced ability to focus.

Whether experiencing mild discomfort, more severe forms of pain or degraded vision, always seek medical help immediately. If not properly diagnosed and treated, unresolved eye discomfort can lead to ulcers, scars, further loss of vision or even blindness.