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Red Eyes: Treatment, Procedure, Cost And Side Effects

What is Red Eyes? What causes Red Eyes? What is the treatment of Red Eyes? How do you cure red eyes? Why is the corner of my eye red? How long does red eye last? What helps pink eye go away faster?

What is Red Eyes?

It is a condition in which appearance of sclera (the white portion of an eye) seems red. Amount of red lines or squiggly pink on the white portion of the eyes varies from one person to another. The condition of red eyes can appear in one eye or both eyes. It could also be associated with several symptoms include - dryness, burning, irritation, pain, blurry vision, sensitivity towards the light. Sometimes red eye is a symptom of other conditions which could range from mild to severe.

What causes Red Eyes?

Condition of red eyes is caused by dilation of tiny blood vessels located between the conjunctiva and white portion of the eye. Normally, vessels between the white portion and conjunctiva of the eye are invisible. Due to environmental changes or specific eye problems, these vessels got swollen. There are few common causes of red eyes such as eye allergies, chemical exposure, dry eyes, airborne allergens, air pollution, overexposure to sunlight, airborne fumes, dust etc. rather than that less sleep and lifestyle-related causes too are one of the important factors that cause red eyes.

What is the treatment of Red Eyes?

When redness in the eyes comes suddenly and results in blurred vision or discomfort. In such case, people with such condition needs immediate attention of the doctor. There are few conditions in which you are recommended to visit the doctor -

  1. Difficulty in seeing
  2. Acute dry and itchy eyes
  3. Seasonal allergies
  4. Blurry vision
  5. Redness
  6. Yellow or green discharge from eyes

When it comes to the treatment of particularly an illness or infection of red eyes, you can take help of following remedies which are commonly prescribed by the doctor: he/she might suggest you glaucoma drops to reduce pressure in the eyes and to treat an eye infection an antibiotic drops or ointments could be prescribed.

How do you cure red eyes?

There are many reasons for red eyes and it could be cured easily by following few home remedies such as -

People having red eyes can use over the counter products like eyewashes and eye drops.

Eyewashes contain boric acid or saline solution, which helps to cure red eyes. When it comes to eye drops it contains decongestant to constrict blood vessels which clears the redness from the white portion of the eye. Apart from that, you can also wash your face and eyelids using cold water.

Why is the corner of my eye red?

Redness in the eyes may be a cause of concern, Redness in the eyes also called bloodshot, which are the indication for many health problems such as allergies,

  1. conjunctivitis - which is also known as pink eye,
  2. hordeolum externum - which is an external eyelid stye,
  3. uveitis - which is swelling of the middle layer of the eye. It provides blood to the retina
  4. Scleritis - it is a disorder due to which eyes became inflamed and red.
  5. Corneal abrasion - it is a condition in which urgent medical care is required.
  6. Subconjunctival hemorrhage - bleeding under the conjunctiva leads to this problem.
  7. Hyphema - it is a collection of blood between iris and cornea of the eye.

These are the few conditions which may cause of red eye.

How long does red eye last?

It totally depends upon the symptoms and reasons of red eye. In case of worse symptoms of infections like conjunctivitis which gets worse in three to five days of infection. For treatment of such condition, the patient may need decongestants or any kind of antihistamines which helps to reduce inflammation and irritation of the eye. A severe condition of red eyes could last up to one to two weeks.

In case of allergic red eye, patients can take doctor advised and he/she will prescribe some eyedrops to them, which can help them to control allergies of eyes.

What helps pink eye go away faster?

There are many reasons for pink eye such as viruses, allergies, and bacteria. This kind of condition can make both or anyone eye itchy and red. In some cases, people may feel yellow or white discharge from eyes. To ease the symptoms of this condition easy steps could be followed such as -

  1. Eye drops - there are many over the counter medications for eyes are available, which can help in eyes lubrication, itching, and redness.
  2. Contact lenses a big NO - in case you are wearing contact lenses then it is a big NO until redness of the eyes gets clear.
  3. Not to touch eyes - it is a better way to prevent eyes from bacteria and any kind of infection.
  4. Be hygienic - wash your hands and try to be as much hygienic as possible.

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