My eyes are red and irritated
- What's the deal?
There are many causes
for red eyes. Analyzing your symptoms may help you
diagnose your problem and potentially reach a
solution. If you feel you suffer from one of these
conditions, please make an appointment for an
evaluation at 661-253-3888.
can help give you the relief you desire. Here are
four common ailments:
Allergic conjunctivitis many times presents like dry
eyes, but can be a little more severe. Typically,
both eyes are involved. Vision clarity is usually
not affected. The eyes are typically red, swollen,
itchy, with a scant amount of mucous discharge.
Symptoms may persist for a longer period of time, as
long as the eyes are in contact with the allergen.
Treatment: There are some very good
prescription medications that can be used
chronically with no side effects. These medications
can give you total relief from all symptoms.
Typically referred to as "Pink Eye". Usually will
affect both eyes. Typically, these eyes exhibit
diffuse redness with a lot of swelling on the white
part of the eye. The eyes will look glossy, and will
tear excessively. Vision may be affected, and the
eyes will feel very uncomfortable. Due to the
contagious nature of this condition, if children are
affected, they should be kept out of contact with
Treatment: Since there is no real cure for a
virus, we try to treat the symptoms, and make the
eye feel as comfortable as possible. The condition
will usually run its course and be gone in days to
the age of computers and jobs that require more
reading, dryness is a very big problem. When we
perform these tasks, our blink rate slows down and
there is more opportunity for your tear film to
evaporate into the air. Dry eyes are typically
described as diffusely red, typically both eyes. The
person may experience a stinging or burning
sensation. Generally, vision clarity remains
unchanged, and there is little if any mucous
discharge. Contact lens wearers may be less
comfortable because there are fewer tears in the
eyes to support and cushion their natural movement.
Treatment: Tear replacement therapy with a
well known over the counter drop will alleviate your
symptoms as well as practicing good visual hygiene,
like taking frequent breaks from your computer to
look around and allow your blink rate to resume its
More common in the contact lens
wearing population. Bacterial infection typically
will affect one eye at a time. Redness can vary from
slight to very severe. Generally you will experience
a large amount of mucous discharge, even to the
point where the eye will be sealed shut with crusty
discharge upon waking. The vision clarity is usually
reduced in the affected eye, and the eye will
typically be painful and very sensitive to light.
Treatment: Prescription antibiotic drops will
clear the condition in a few days. Be sure to remind
the practitioner if you have any known allergies to
antibiotics at the time of the visit. The person, if
a contact lens wearer, should abstain from wearing
their contact lenses until treatment is complete.
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