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?
Some cases of Red Eyes are not serious, while others require emergency attention. Ophthalmologist may evaluate all your symptoms and ask you question of any recent trauma or strain to eyes. A test for allergies may be prescribed to find the cause of redness.
HOW IS RED EYES TREATED?
A warm compress could help relieve red eyes and other symptoms caused by infections such as conjunctivitis. Saline solution to clear out irritants from the eye could be prescribed to patients with red eyes. Antibiotic eye drops and wearing a patch or avoiding exposures to the sun could also help.
DID YOU KNOW?
Red Eyes can be caused due to illnesses such as glaucoma and should be diagnosed and treated immediately.