When you have red, irritated eyes, it may be that your eyes are strained or tired, or may be a sign of a serious eye condition. Allen Smith, OD, and Nicole Gdowski, OD, of Lifetime Eyecare, located in Jenison, Michigan, have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating both the simple and complex causes of red eyes. For an expert evaluation and treatment plan, call or schedule an appointment online.
Red or bloodshot eyes are a sign that there is irritation to the sclera, or white area, of your eye. Reddened eyes are due to swollen blood vessels on the surface of the sclera.
Redness may be a matter of mild irritation or be a sign of a serious eye condition. An eye exam is essential to determine the underlying cause of your red eyes. Eye redness may involve one or both eyes, may appear pink or dark red or may be generalized or localized to one area of the sclera.
Other symptoms you may have, along with eye irritation and redness, include:
Most often, your eye redness is nothing to be concerned about and will resolve on its own. However, it is important that you see a doctor in order to ensure your redness is not an indication of a serious problem.
It is important to see Dr. Smith or Dr. Gdowski about your bloodshot eyes if you:
Your eye doctor can determine the underlying cause of your eye redness, and make a treatment plan that is appropriate for you.
There are many possible causes for red eyes. Some require immediate treatment, while others will resolve on their own.
The most common causes of eye redness include:
More serious causes for red eyes include:
Dr. Smith and Dr. Gdowski are experienced at diagnosis and proper treatment of your eye redness. Your treatment plan depends on the underlying cause of your eye redness but may include oral medications, eye drops, and eye rest.
For an eye exam to determine the cause of your red eyes, call or schedule an appointment online at Lifetime Eyecare.