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What is phlyctenular conjunctivitis?

Q: A week earlier, my right eye became red at the right extreme corner, and I had an irritation as if there was some foreign body inside. It was also a little painful. I went to an ophthalmologist who suspected phlyctenular conjunctivitis and prescribed Betnesol eye drops and Imol tablets. The symptoms cleared out with the medications but it has since recurred for the past 2 days. Please let me know how bad is this condition and in what way can it affect my vision as I work on a computer for long hours?

A:Phlyctenular conjunctivitis is not a dangerous eye condition. However, it requires treatment and recurrent episodes must be thoroughly investigated for any systemic conditions, such as tuberculosis especially in India, that may be causing an ocular manifestation of the disease. In most people, the condition resolves with treatment and does not affect the vision in any way.

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