You may have had red eyes once in a while. This means that the tiny blood vessels in your eyes have expanded or burst, causing the white of your eyes to turn a pinkish hue. You may notice that your eyes became red after swimming in a chlorinated pool, during allergy season, or even simply after waking up.
Your optometrist will talk about some of the most common causes of red eyes.
Conjunctivitis is when the tissues that line the inside of your eyelid and the white part of your eyes become infected either by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. As a result, your eyes become inflamed and appear pink or red, which is why this condition is also referred to as pink eye. Eye itchiness and discharge are also common. We may prescribe medications to help control the symptoms and stop the course of the disease.
Allergens, such as pollen, dust and smoke, can trigger an inflammatory response from your body’s immune system. This may cause your eyes to become irritated, itchy and red. To prevent this from happening, what you can do is to use eyeglasses or sunglasses when going out. This can block allergens from coming in contact with your eyes. Your eye doctor may also prescribe antihistamine medications to prevent allergy attacks.
When the tears that your eyes produce are not enough or are not of the correct consistency, they may evaporate too fast, leaving your eyes dry. Without lubrication, your eyes are easily irritated. Common symptoms are eye redness, pain and, in some instances, blurred vision. Applying artificial tears can help alleviate your eye discomfort.
Also known as computer vision syndrome, this problem happens when you’ve spent too much time using digital devices. This may cause your eyes to become red, irritated and even dry. Letting your eyes rest at regular intervals and using computer glasses can help prevent this. Visit your optometrist for a computer vision exam so we can recommend the best eyewear for you to use.
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