Many eye problems can cause one or both of the eyes to look red. If you have red eye, it's time to see an optometrist to find out if you need treatment for the condition. At Warm Springs Optometric Group, we have years of experience providing residents of Fremont, CA, and the surrounding areas with red eye treatment.
What Is Red Eye?
Red eye is an eye condition that makes the sclera, the whites of the eyes, look red. There are different ways that red eye can present, including the entire sclera being red or pink or the appearance of many red or pink squiggly against the white sclera. Many different conditions can cause the eyes to look this way. Often, red eye presents itself alongside eye irritation, itching, burning, discharge, pain, watery eyes, blurred vision, and enhanced sensitivity to light.
Red Eye Causes
Sometimes, there is no apparent cause of red eye. Other times, a condition, disease, or situation has caused it. In all cases, the underlying reason for developing red eye is the small blood vessels in the eye becoming dilated and swollen. One of the most common reasons for this is allergies.
Red eye can also occur if the eyes are fatigued, contact lenses have been worn for too long, or the eye has been infected. All of these cases are relatively benign. However, there are some cases of red eye that signal something more serious. It can be a sign that you have developed glaucoma or uveitis. It can also be caused by dry eye and digital eye strain. Red eyes can also develop following trauma to the eye, eye surgery, or developing a corneal ulcer.
Several environmental causes can irritate the eye and cause it to look red or pink. These include:
- Air pollution
- Dry air
- Exposure to irritating chemicals or fumes
- Airborne allergens
- Excessive sunlight exposure
Red Eye Treatment in Fremont, CA
If you are experiencing red eyes, our optometrist can help provide you with the most effective treatment possible. We have years of experience offering red eye relief to residents of Fremont, CA, and the surrounding areas. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (510) 490-0297.