Eye Problems can affect anyone, however an injury to the eye area should always be checked by your GP or Optician to prevent further damage.

Familiarity with the symptoms of common eye conditions can help you to prevent an initially minor infection or problem from becoming a major health issue. It is essential that you have regular eye tests with your local optician to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

Read more on common eye problems outlined below.

photo of a stye


A stye is a small, painful lump on the inside or outside of the eyelid. If you have a stye, your eye may also be watery and you may have a red eye or eyelid.

A stye; also called a hordeolum – usually only affects one eye, although it's possible to have styes in both eyes or to have more than one stye in the same eye. Your vision shouldn't be affected.

Types of stye

There are two types of stye. They are:

  • external stye (external hordeolum) – a swelling that develops along the edge of your eyelid; it may turn into a yellow pus-filled spot that is painful to touch
  • internal stye (internal hordeolum) – a swelling that develops on the inside of your eyelid; it's usually more painful than an external stye

External styes

Internal styes

What causes a stye?

Treating a stye

When to visit your GP

It's not always necessary to see your GP if you develop a stye. However, you should have a painful external stye checked.


Conjunctivitis is a common condition that causes redness and inflammation of the thin layer of tissue that covers the front of the eye (the conjunctiva).People often refer to conjunctivitis as red eye.

Other symptoms of conjunctivitis include itchiness and watering of the eyes, and sometimes a sticky coating on the eyelashes (if it's caused by an allergy).

Read more about the symptoms of conjunctivitis.

Conjunctivitis can affect one eye at first, but usually affects both eyes after a few hours.



SYMPTOMS of conjunctivitis

see your doctor immediately if you have these symptoms:

The following symptoms could be the sign of a more serious eye condition:

  • pain in your eyes
  • sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • disturbed vision
  • intense redness in one or both of your eyes

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your GP immediately. If this isn't possible, visit your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department

Watering Eyes

A watering eye (epiphora) is when tears flow out of the eye and roll down the cheek.

It usually happens if your tears don't drain away properly or too many tears are produced.

These problems can occur as a result of conditions such as conjunctivitis (eye inflammation), problems with your eyelids, an eye injury, a blocked tear duct or something irritating your eye, such as car fumes.

How tears work

Blocked tear ducts in babies

Poor tear pump

Excess tears

There are several reasons why you might produce excess tears


When to see your GP

You should see your GP if you have persistent watering eyes, or any lumps or swelling around your eyes.

Who is affected?

How are watering eyes treated?


Blepharitis is a condition where the edges of the eyelids become inflamed (red and swollen).

It is a common condition, accounting for an estimated 1 in 20 eye problems reported to GPs. Blepharitis can develop at any age, but is more common in people over 40.

symptoms of blepharitis:

What causes BLEPHARITIS?


When to visit your GP

See your GP if you are unable to control the symptoms of blepharitis with simple cleaning measures alone 

Your GP can usually diagnose blepharitis based on your symptoms and an examination of your eyes. They may refer you to an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) for further tests and treatment if you have severe symptoms, or initial treatment is unsuccessful.

NHS Eye Care Services - Bringing eye care closer to you.

NHS Coventry and Rugby have been working together with clinical teams and patient groups to develop a local eye care service to provide care closer to you.

As a result a service has been developed to provide treatment for common eye conditions such as red, sore or dry eyes in convenient locations by fully qualified staff. Once examined you will be treated for the condition and only be referred to hospital services when you really need to be.

The Eye Care Centres listed below in the attached leaflets have been approved on the basis that they have trained and qualified staff that can examine and treat eye conditions.

Why use an Approved Eye Care Centre?

  • Fully qualified Opticians trained to examine, diagnose and treat eye conditions
  • Convenient locations across Coventry and Rugby
  • Free Parking
  • Open 7 days a week
  • Early morning and evening appointments – selected centres only
  • Saturday and Sunday appointments – selected centres only