How often have you woken up, looked in the mirror and noticed bloodshot eyes staring back at you? Don’t turn a blind eye; any case of eye redness should be considered a potential emergency. Red eyes have many causes, some are treatable at home and others may warrant a visit to your eyecare professional. Continue reading to identify what your red eyes mean and what to do next!
If you have redness associated with itching, burning or stinging, swelling, watering, or discharge — you may have pink eye. Also known as conjunctivitis, it is caused by bacteria and viruses spread from one person to the other. In the event that you are suffering from these symptoms, it’s best to come see us so that we can determine if you need further medication. Until you have visited our office, avoid rubbing your eyes, wash your hands often, and place a cold compress on the outside of your closed eyelid.
Red eye allergy symptoms include itchy, watery, and puffy eyes. This is more likely if you have a history of nasal allergies associated with the seasons, pet dander, or grass. Take an over-the-counter antihistamine or use allergen-reducing eye drops sparingly. If the allergy continues to annoy you, you may need to come into our office to see if you need a prescription for your symptoms.
Some common eye injuries like puncture wounds, scratched eye, or foreign objects in the eye will require you to call our office for advice. Any of these events can cause redness, pain or blurred vision. However, it is imperative that you contact us in order to ensure no hidden damage inside the eye. An ice pack on the injuredeye will subdue the initial discomfort.
If you use contact lenses and do not properly care for them, you are at risk of red eye or serious eyeinfections. Remember to always clean and disinfect your lenses and do not leave them on for longer than recommended by your optician.
We hope you found this information useful! Eyes are a very sensitive part of your body and should always be treated with special care. Consult your eye doctor if you have any questions; if they are unavailable, see your physician to rule out any serious conditions.
About: MPO EyeCare is owned and operated by Dr. Scott Lam. Located in Alhambra, CA it is the choice of many local San Gabriel Valley residents for exceptional customer service and a wide variety of eye care, including: comprehensive eye exams, children’s vision and eye care, contact lens exams, fashion forward eyewear, optical disease prevention, and more.
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