If the surface of your eyes appears to look red or blood shot, you could be most likely be diagnosed with a “red eye.” Red eyes can be caused by several conditions. Most cases are benign; however, it is always recommended to consult with your optometrist, like Dr. Scott Lam to help make an accurate assessment. The degree of the redness or appearance does not correlate to how serious the situation is. It is very important to find the underlying cause of your red eyes.
Red Eyes (Blood shot eyes) Symptoms
If you experience the following red eye symptoms below please contact your primary eye care professional:
- Your eye(s) shows signs of redness longer than 1-2 days.
- You have pain or vision changes in the eye(s).
- You take blood thinning medication, like warfarin.
- You feel as if an object in your eye(s).
- You are sensitive to light.
- You have a yellow or greenish discharge from one or both eyes.
Causes of Red Eyes (Blood Shot Eyes)
Red eyes usually caused by swollen or dilated blood vessels. Some of the major causes result from:
- Extremely dry air (especially living in parts of Los Angeles county)
- Sun exposure
- Corneal scratches caused by sand, dust, or the overuse of contacts.
- The common cold or other allergic reactions
- Foreign object(s) causing irritation (which you must seek medical attention immediately)
These eye infections or inflammation can occur in different locations and can cause redness as well as possible itching, discharge, pain, or vision problems:
- Blepharitis – is the inflammation of the eyelash follicles along the eyelid. This particular inflammation is caused by skin bacteria. Common symptoms are itching and your eyelids may appear greasy or crusty.
- Conjunctivitis – is the inflammation or infection of the membrane that lines the eyelids and coats the surface of the eye (the conjunctiva). This condition is also most commonly referred to as “pink eye.” Pink eye may be caused by a virus, bacteria, an allergy, or an irritation. If your pink eye is caused by an organism, the infection is highly contagious.
- Corneal Ulcers – are ulcers that appear on the outer covering of the eye, usually because of a bacterial, viral, fungi or a parasite.
- Uveitis — inflammation of the uvea, which includes the iris, ciliary body, and choroid. This is often related to an autoimmune disorder, infection, or exposure to toxins. Often, only the iris is inflamed, which is called iritis.
When you come to MPO’s office located in Los Angeles County, Dr. Scott Lam will review your patient history with you and provide a through comprehensive eye exams as needed to diagnose the cause of your red eyes (blood shot eyes). These ocular examinations should include comprehensive inspections of the eyelids, lacrimal sac, pupil size and other required medical diagnosis. Dr. Lam has several years of experience with treating patients with red eyes and other types of medical conditions. It is recommended for patients to have Dr.Lam assess what type of medical condition the patient has, you only have two pair of eyes, so treat them well.