Help! Red Eyes!

It is winter. Which means – for some of us – dry, itchy, and red eyes. Today, we are going to look specifically at red eyes or subconjunctival hemorrhage.

What do you need to know?

There are several things that can cause the blood vessels in the eyes to burst creating the redness in the whites of the eyes. If there is discharge, please visit an optometrist as soon as possible to rule out serious eye disease and treat the possible Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye.

There are several symptoms of pink eye, if you have any, contact a medical professional as soon as possible:

  1. Red eyes
  2. Eye swelling
  3. Tearing/eye pus discharge
  4. Itchy or irritated eyes
  5. Some patients identify that their eyes feel like they have a gritty feeling, or something in their eyes
  6. Crusty eyes
  7. Other cold or flu symptoms
  8. Ear ache

Redness in the eye typically does not include vision changes. In other words, if you experience vision chances with red eyes, this can identify a serious eye issue. Additionally, eye redness should subside. Similarly, if you are experiencing red eyes on a regular basis, this is an additional symptom that identifies the need to visit an eye doctor.

What causes red eyes?

Red eyes can be a mystery. However, sometimes we see patients that have no idea what could have contributed to their red eyes. With that said, some typical reasons for redness in the eyes are:

  1. Heavy lifting or physical straining that increased blood pressure
  2. Pink eye
  3. Eye trauma, including eye surgery
  4. Blood thinners

Although all of the causes are not listed, these are some of the most common ones.

I have red eyes, help!

If there is not a more serious eye issue, treatment is pretty simple. Above all, try to stop touching and itching your eyes. Drops marketed to fix red eyes typically do not help and can dry out your eyes. If blood thinners are the culprit, then discontinuing use with the help of a doctor can resolve red eyes.

If you have any additional questions about red eyes, please contact our offices today!