Red eyes, also called bloodshot eyes, refer to a common condition characterized by a red coloration of the part of the eyes that is normally white (the sclera). An individual with red eyes might have an entirely pinkish-red sclera or a sclera with small blood vessels which become swollen and more noticeable than usual. Depending on the underlying cause, red eyes sometimes occur alone or with additional symptoms, such as:
Several factors and eye diseases can cause red eyes. These fall into three general categories:
Environmental Causes of Red Eyes
Although you can find over-the-counter treatments for red eyes, like calming eye drops. We do not recommend using these before receiving a professional diagnosis, as they can worsen the condition and prevent you from seeking the medical care you actually need. Also, some causes of red eyes are more serious than others. Without immediate medial attention, these serious causes of red eyes can lead to permanent vision damage or loss. It is especially important to see an eye doctor right away, when the onset of red eyes occurs quickly and when you also experience discomfort or blurred vision.
How We Diagnose and Treat Red Eyes
During your red eye exam, our eye doctor will perform a comprehensive physical evaluation of your eyes and discuss any other symptoms you are experiencing to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms. Red eye treatment depends on the diagnosed underlying cause. Common treatments for red eye include medicated eye drops, lifestyle adjustments, antibiotics, allergy medications and various dry eye therapies.
Caring for the health of your eyes and preserving your vision is essential to living a normal life and continuing to enjoy the activities you love. At Innovision Family Eyecare, our eye doctor, Dr. Sanwari strongly urges patients to schedule an eye exam if they notice eye symptoms or visual disruptions. Getting the care you need, when you need it will ensure the early detection and treatment of any serious eye conditions before they lead to permanent vision loss.