Bloodshot Eyes

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Eye redness known as blood shot eyes, is from irritated or inflamed blood vessels on the surface of the white part of the eye (the sclera). Red eye usually is a symptom of other eye conditions that can range from benign to serious, not just from over indulging in your favorite adult beverage.

The most common causes of bloodshot eyes:

  1. Irritants such as:
  • Dry air
  • Smoke exposure
  • Air pollution
  • Fumes
  • Exposure to the sun
  • Dust
  • Allergy
  • Colds
  • Coughing or vomiting
  • Rubbing the eyes
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Prolonged screen time
  • Pool Chlorine
  1. Eye infections
  • Blepharitis
  • Conjunctivitis or pink eye
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Uveitis
  1. Other causes
  • Recent eye surgery
  • Trauma or injury to the eye
  • A rapid increase in eye pressure
  • Corneal scratches
  • Scleritis – inflammation of the white of the eye
  • Eyelid styes
  • Bleeding issues
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Cigarettes, drug and Alcohol use
  • Wearing contact lenses

Most causes of bloodshot eyes aren’t severe, however you should seek medical help if:

  • Your symptoms persist more than a week
  • You experience changes in vision
  • You have pain in your eye (s)
  • You have a discharge from one or both eyes
  • You take blood thinning medication
  • Your eye(s) is red after trauma
  • You have a headache or blurry vision
  • You see white rings or “halos” around lights
  • You experience nausea and vomiting

Don’t use “red eye remover” eye drops. These drops contain vasoconstrictors that shrink blood vessels. You may experience red eye more often over a period of time. The best way to get rid of bloodshot eyes is to see your doctor to determine the cause and extent of bloodshot eyes.

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Sources:

www.healthline.com

www.mayoclinic.org

www.allaboutvision.com

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