Basically Red Eyes is not really a problem in itself or a disease but is an indication of something that is triggering the eyes like rash, foreign object in the eye, a sign of some infection, etc. The symptoms of red eye include redness surrounding the pupil area, which can spread to different parts of the eye. Also, this is followed with itching, irritation, watery eyes and inflammation in some cases.
HOW IS RED EYES DIAGNOSED?
The health care provider will perform a physical exam, including an eye exam, and ask questions about medical history. Questions may include:
• Are both of your eyes affected or just one?
• What part of the eye is affected?
• Do you wear contact lenses?
• Did the redness come on suddenly?
• Have you ever had eye redness before?
• Do you have eye pain? Does it get worse with movement of the eyes?
• Is your vision reduced?
• Do you have eye discharge, burning, or itching?
• Do you have other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or headache?
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.