What is chemosis?
Chemosis is inflammation (or edema) of the conjunctiva. It is due to the stretch of exudate
from the capillaries that appear to be abnormal. Often, chemosis is a symptom of eye
irritation. The outer cover is like water on it. The conjunctiva also becomes inflamed with a
gelatinous appearance. Often, the eye area is so swollen that the eyes become hard or
unable to close completely.
In some cases, it may appear that the eye has moved slightly
backward from the white part of the eye because of the fluid in the conjunctiva of all eyes
except the iris. The iris is not covered by this liquid and therefore appears to be slowly