Eyes can turn red when the blood vessels in the eye become swollen or irritated due to dry air, dust, bacteria or to much exposure to the sun. Infections can also cause red eyes accompanied by pain, discharge and changes in vision.
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?
Mild symptoms of red eyes caused due to eye strain or sleeplessness can be treated through home treatments like cold compress and resting eyes. In case of allergy related issues, the cause of allergy needs to be treated. Washing of eyes with saline solution also helps wash out allergens.
DID YOU KNOW?
Red Eyes can be caused due to illnesses such as glaucoma and should be diagnosed and treated immediately.