Redness in the eyes is a common symptom we treat at Anderson Optometry in San Diego. The whites in the eyes may become red or bloodshot, or the eyelids could become red and inflamed. Depending on what's causing the redness, the problem may go away on its own. In other cases, you may need medical treatment from our team.
Reasons for eye redness
One or both eyes may become red for a variety of reasons. These may include:
- Irritation from dust or other particles
- Extended contact lens wear
- Infections, such as pink eye
- Dry eye
- Eye fatigue
- Scleritis or episcleritis
- Ocular herpes
- Corneal scratches
Some of these conditions require medications such as antibiotics, over-the-counter eye drops, antivirals, or steroids. That's why it's important to seek care at Anderson Optometry if you experience red eyes.
When to seek care for red eye
If you experience eye redness along with any of the following symptoms, contact Dr. Anderson immediately.
- Eyes are painful
- Vision is blurred
- Eyes become more sensitive to light
- Symptoms continue for a week or longer or symptoms worsen
- Pus or mucus is oozing from the eye
- You have a fever or body aches
Other things to know about red eye
- Occasional, brief periods of red eye usually rectify on their own.
- If you are using over-the-counter eye drops and experience redness, switch to a different brand or refrain from using them.
- If you experience redness in one or both of your eyes and you wear contact lenses, remove the lenses immediately.
Contact us for a diagnosis
Red eyes can be difficult to diagnose on your own, so it's vital to seek a professional diagnosis. Our optometrist team at Anderson Optometry has specialized equipment and extensive training that allow us to diagnose eye diseases and conditions. Contact us at 800-462-8749 for an appointment so we can assess your eyes and recommend a course of treatment.