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 occurs without an infection.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Episcleritis is a common condition that is usually mild.
Signs and tests
An eye examination can usually diagnose the disorder. No special tests are usually necessary.
The condition usually disappears without treatment in 1 – 2 weeks. Treatment with corticosteroid eye drops may relieve the symptoms faster.
Episcleritis usually improves without treatment. However, treatment may make symptoms go away sooner.
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 8/3/2010