Conjuctival Chemosis


it’s the inflammation of the clear mucous membrane that cover the white part of your eye. It looks like a blister filled with liquid and can be annoying, especially if the person is unable to close the eye.

Although the appearance can be alarming, conjunctival chemosis is not contagious and easy to treat if catched on time.

What can cause it?

The most common causes are allergies, rubbing your eye, trauma, severe dry eye, bacterial infection, thyroid problems, liquid retention. Some cases of chemosis appear after the surgery. They can be mild, moderate, or severe. Doctors treat them with drops, ointments, maybe the use of an eye patch in some cases, and other measures. Sometimes if the chemosis persists, further surgery is necessary.


  • Increased volume of the palpebral area.
  • Edema in the conjunctiva.
  • Irritation.
  • Pain when moving the eyes.
  • Excessive tearing.
  • Double vision or blurred vision.
  • Red eyes.
  • Secretion.
  • Redness of the eyelids.

Symptoms when is cause by thyroid problems/ graves’ disease

  • Bulging eyeballs.
  • Swollen eye muscles.
  • Pain with eye movement.
  • Problems with the optic nerve.


The key to treating chemosis is reducing the inflammation with antiinflammatory eyedrops. Managing the swelling can reduce discomfort and negative impact on your vision.

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