Red eye is a common problem that can affect one or both eyes. The redness associated with it is due to expanded or dilated blood vessels on the surface of the eye due to some form of irritation or infection.Eye infections and inflammations can cause red eyes, as well as other symptoms such as itching, discharge, pain, and blurred vision. If a contact lens wearer does not keep their lenses clean and disinfected, or wears them for too long, they can experience red eyes.Symptoms in addition to the redness of the eye includes
Thick or watery Discharge
Foreign body sensation
Photophobia or light sensitivity
Dermatitis i.e crusting or scaling of the eyelid skin
HOW IS RED EYES DIAGNOSED?
An ophthalmologist would examine your eye and determine the cause of the redness based on your symptoms.
HOW IS RED EYES TREATED?
Treatment is given as per the problem. If a lens has led to some kind of irritation you may be advised to wear glasses for a few days. Alongside, antibiotic drops are provided to control the infection and treat the same. Avoiding sunlight and decreasing eye stress is also suggested.
DID YOU KNOW?
Bloodshot eyes are caused due to dilation or swelling of the blood vessels in the sclera.