Dry eye, pink eye, and allergies could all cause red eye symptoms. At Frame & Focus Eye Care in Richmond, Texas, skilled optometrists Sarah Zaver, OD, FAAO, and Angela Chu, OD, diagnose the cause of your red eye with a comprehensive eye exam. They offer the latest treatments and a patient-centered approach to treating conditions like red eye that could affect your vision if left untreated. If irritating symptoms are making your eyes red, call (832) 930-7797 or click online to schedule an appointment today.

Red Eye Q & A

What is red eye?

Red eye occurs when the blood vessels in the white part of your eye become visible. When there isn’t enough oxygen on your cornea or tissue covering your eye, these tiny blood vessels become enlarged and filled with blood. A bloodshot eye isn’t necessarily cause for alarm, but if your eye also hurts, or you can’t see clearly, it may indicate a more serious problem.

Red eye may be the result of any number of conditions, including:

  • Injury
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Allergies
  • Infection or corneal ulcer
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Smoke and air pollution
  • Dry air
  • Subconjunctival hemorrhage
  • Swimming
  • Sunlight exposure
  • Glaucoma
  • Blepharitis (eyelid inflammation)
  • Computer vision syndrome
  • Alcohol
  • Contact lens use
  • Dust or a foreign particle in your eye

If you experience red eye with pain or vision loss, seek immediate medical attention. In most cases, your red eye clears up on its own, but if it doesn’t, and you have other symptoms, such as eye discharge or excessive tearing, it may be the sign of an infection that requires medication.

What is a corneal ulcer?

A corneal ulcer is an open sore in your eye that usually comes from a bacterial infection. It’s common to get a corneal ulcer after an eye injury or trauma. Symptoms that may indicate a corneal ulcer include:

  • A white spot on your cornea
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye pain
  • Red eye
  • Eye discharge
  • Blurred vision

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to have an eye exam so your doctor can determine the type of infection you have in order to treat it most effectively. Failure to properly treat a corneal ulcer can result in severe vision loss or even losing the affected eye.

How do I get rid of red eye symptoms?

Since there are numerous potential causes for red eyes, you should make an appointment with one of the expert optometrists at Frame & Focus Eye Care. Even before you begin using eye drops that take the redness out of your eyes, it’s a good idea to have a professional eye exam to rule out serious conditions or infections. Over-the-counter eye drops may provide immediate red eye relief, but in some cases, if you rely on eye drops, you may need more of them more frequently to get the red out.

For the safest way to get rid of red eye symptoms, visit your eye doctor to determine the underlying cause. Call for an appointment or book online, today.