Many times due to redness in our eyes we get worried and without finding the cause, start using eye drops available over the counter at medical stores. Do you know that this can be harmful to your eyes? Instead, it is always wise to seek an expert opinion. At REH, we have dedicated doctors who can help you find the cause of your red eyes and manage it appropriately.
But firstly, let us understand what are Red Eyes and what causes this?
Red eyes is a condition in which the white surface of the eye becomes Red or Bloodshot.
Red eye can occur in one or both the eyes, and can be associated with several symptoms like:
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
In some cases Bloodshot eyes may have no symptoms other than redness and this can range from benign to serious.
What are the causes of Red Eyes?
The redness in the eyes is caused by dilatation of tiny blood vessels located in the conjunctiva overlying the white surface of our eyes. These tiny blood vessels (many of which are normally invisible), can become swollen due to environmental, lifestyle related reasons or due to specific eye diseases.
Environmental causes include:
- Airborne allergens
- Air pollution
- Smoke (fire, cigarette,etc)
- Dry air (arid climate, airplane cabins, etc)
- Airborne fumes( gasoline, solvents)
- Chemical exposure (chlorine in swimming pools, etc.)
- Overexposure to sunlight (without UV-blocking sunglasses)
Common eye conditions that causes red eyes:
- Dry eyes
- Contact lens wear
- Digital eye strain
Serious eye conditions that can cause red eyes:
- Eye infections
- Eye trauma or injuries
- Recent eye surgery like lasik, etc
- Inflammations like uveitis
- Corneal ulcer
How do we treat Red Eyes?
For the best and safest way to treat red eyes is to consult your eye doctor to determine the cause and receive the most effective treatment options. Until you visit your eye doctor avoid the use of contact lenses ( if you use them) and wear your glasses instead