Red Eyes

Red Eye Relief

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.

What causes red eyes?

Several factors and eye diseases can cause red eyes. These fall in into three general categories: environmental factors such as allergens and pollution, common eye conditions such as conjunctivitis and dry eye syndrome where red eyes are a symptom, and serious conditions including infections and injuries or trauma to the eye.

Environmental Factors

  • Seasonal Allergies

  • Chemical Exposure

  • Exposure to toxic Fumes

  • Dry or Hot Air

  • Dust

  • Pollution

  • Smoke

  • Sunburns

Common Conditions

  • Digital Eye Strain

  • Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)

  • Dry Eye Syndrome

  • Improper Contact Usage

  • Eye irritants (Allergens)

Serious Conditions

  • Acute Glaucoma

  • Corneal Ulcers

  • Eye Infections

  • Injury or Trauma to eye

  • Surgery

  • Uveitis

What can I do if I have red eyes?

We do not recommend using over-the-counter treatments such as calming eye drops  without a proper diagnosis. These medications can worsen the condition in the eye and delay access to necessary medical treatment.
 
Without immediate medial attention 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 in our patients

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.
 
With proper diagnosis and a treatment plan, you can live without constant discomfort from red eyes.
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