Reasons for eye redness
One or both eyes may become red for a variety of reasons. These may include:
- Irritation from dust or other particles
- Extended contact lens wear
- Infections, such as pink eye
- Dry eye
- Eye fatigue
- Scleritis or episcleritis
- Ocular herpes
- Corneal scratches
Some of these conditions require medications such as antibiotics, over-the-counter eye drops, antivirals, or steroids. That's why it's important to seek care at Family Eye Care of the Carolinas if you experience red eyes.
When to seek care for red eye
Our doctors at Family Eye Care of the Carolinas have extensive training that allow us to diagnose eye diseases and conditions.
- Eyes are painful
- Vision is blurred
- Eyes become more sensitive to light
- Symptoms continue for a week or longer or symptoms worsen
- Pus or mucus is oozing from the eye
- You have a fever or body aches
Other things to know about red eye
- Occasional, brief periods of red eye usually rectify on their own.
- If you are using over-the-counter eye drops and experience redness, switch to a different brand or refrain from using them.
- If you experience redness in one or both of your eyes and you wear contact lenses, remove the lenses immediately.
Contact us for a diagnosis
Red eyes can be difficult to diagnose on your own, so it's vital to seek a professional diagnosis. Our doctors at Family Eye Care of the Carolinas have the extensive training that allow us to diagnose eye diseases and conditions. Contact us at (910) 692-2020 for an appointment so we can assess your eyes and recommend a course of treatment.