Your eye doctor will rarely diagnose bloodshot eyes as an isolated case. Typically, it’s a symptom of another different underlying condition. Because of this, it’s often important to differentiate its many causes to determine a suitable course of action. Reddening is a common sign of irritated eyes and while some cases might not be a cause for serious concern, it’s always advisable to consult with a specialist to properly diagnose the problem.
So what causes red eyes and when should you see a doctor about it? Read on as our team of optometrists at Joel H McGahen OD shares quick overview of this condition and the many treatment courses available for you.
Your optometrist will tell you red eyes often come with one or more different symptoms including the one or more of the following:
- Irritation and burning sensation
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
Causes of Reddening
Bloodshot or red eyes can be environmental or eye-specific. For example, allergens such as dust, smoke and pollution can cause the eye to redden, resulting in a bloodshot appearance. Overexposure to sunlight or overuse of contact lenses can also be a problem. In most cases, some conditions can also cause the eye to redden. These include infections and injuries to the eye itself.
Treating Red Eyes
The treatment available for bloodshot eyes are as varied as its many causes. If your redness is caused by eyeglasses or contact lenses, stop using them at once and consult with an eye specialist as soon as possible. Because this condition can be caused by more serious problems, the best way to be certain is to set an appointment with a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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