While most people experience red eyes from time to time, severe or persistent eye redness could signify a problem. At Lowcountry Eye Specialists in Ladson, South Carolina, board-certified ophthalmologists Jay Thompson, MD, Phelan Piehota, DO, and their expert team diagnose the cause of red eyes and treat them to reduce unpleasant symptoms and the risk of complications. Call the office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.
Red eyes occur when the whites of your eyes turn reddish or bloodshot, most often due to swollen or dilated blood vessels. While often not a cause for concern, red eyes could indicate a more serious problem that requires treatment. See your eye doctor if you experience painful, severe, or long-lasting eye redness.
Common causes of red eyes include:
If red eyes are accompanied by light sensitivity, eye pain, blurry vision, or swelling, see your eye doctor right away.
To find out what’s causing eye redness, your ophthalmologist reviews your medical history, discusses your symptoms, tests your vision, and evaluates your eyes during a dilated eye exam.
They may complete imaging tests if needed to develop an effective treatment and reduce your risk of complications.
Depending on the cause and severity of your red eyes, the Lowcountry Eye Specialists team might suggest one or more of the following:
Ways to reduce the risk of red eyes include getting treated for allergies, not touching your eyes, keeping your eyes clean, and removing eye makeup at night.
Protect your eyes from the sun by using sunglasses, and wear blue-light-blocking glasses or take frequent breaks when looking at a computer screen. Avoid smoking and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
Using eye drops can lubricate your eyes, eliminate infection, or treat eye diseases responsible for red eyes. Your ophthalmologist lets you know which eye drops are best for you based on the cause of your red eyes.
If red eyes are due to glaucoma or another eye disease, your eye specialist might recommend laser treatment or eye surgery to correct the problem and reduce your risk of permanent eye damage.
To find out what’s causing red eyes and get treated for your condition, call the Lowcountry Eye Specialists office or request an appointment online today.