Red Eye

Have you noticed your eyes are frequently red and irritated? While the occasional case of red eye is usually nothing to be concerned about, recurring or uncomfortable red eye should be evaluated by an optometrist. Our team at Iconic Eyecare in Surrey treats a wide range of eye health conditions, including red eye.

Red eye

What Is Red Eye?

The sclera, or white portion of your eyes, is filled with tiny blood vessels. You normally cannot see these vessels, but when they become swollen or damaged you may notice redness in one or both eyes. Some cases of red eye only create a few red or pink lines in the eye. Other cases can create an overall pink or red hue that extends across the sclera. Additional symptoms of red eye include:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Watering eyes
  • Dryness
  • Discomfort

Just about everyone will encounter red eye at some point in their life. If the condition does not clear up within a day or so, or if your eyes are significantly irritated, you should come in for an eye exam.

Common Causes of Red Eye

Numerous things can lead to red eye. Knowing the potential causes can help you avoid circumstances that bring on this condition. Some of the more common causes include:

  • Tobacco or other smoke
  • Airborne allergens like pollen or dust
  • Eye allergies
  • Exposure to chemicals like chlorine in swimming pools
  • Excessive sunlight exposure
  • Eye trauma
  • Digital eye strain
  • Dry eye
  • Conjunctivitis

These are just a few of the conditions that can leave your eyes red and irritated. It is important to note that red eye can also be caused by serious eye health issues like uveitis, acute glaucoma, or a corneal ulcer.

Treatment for Red Eye

Your treatment plan depends on the cause of your red eye. If your discomfort is brought on by exposure to allergens or environmental factors, you may find relief by altering your habits or changing the conditions in your home or work setting. For example, if exposure to harsh cleaning products is contributing to your red eye, finding natural alternatives might be all you need for relief.

Our optometrists can prescribe eye drops to soothe your red eye. Some drops work to lubricate the eyes while others contain medication to address a specific issue. If your red eye is caused by an eye health condition, we will provide some treatment options. Treating the underlying problem often resolves red eye and helps you enjoy healthy vision without the look and feel of red, inflamed eyes.

Get Red Eye Relief in Surrey, BC

If you are suffering from red eye and would like to consult with an optometrist to discuss your treatment options, call our team at Iconic Eyecare today at (604) 385-6396 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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