Red Eye

Accent Vision Specialists

Optometric Physicians & Dry Eye Disease Specialists located in Santa Fe, NM

Red eye is exactly what is says — red, bloodshot eyes. It’s usually painless and at worst your eyes feel inflamed and irritated. Most red eye is harmless and improves with home remedies and over-the-counter treatments. However, if you have red eye along with other symptoms or if it doesn’t go away on its own, you could have a more serious infection. Dwight Thibodeaux, OD, and Paul Tachau, OD, at Accent Vision Specialists, provide tests and treatments to help clear up your condition and restore comfort to your eyes. Call the Santa Fe, New Mexico, office to make your appointment today.

Red Eye Q & A

What is red eye?

Red eye is a condition where the conjunctiva — the membrane covering the white part of your eyes — looks red and bloodshot. This happens when the blood vessels in the conjunctiva become dilated, or widened, because they’re inflamed.

Red eye can be triggered by environmental and lifestyle factors like:

  • Airborne allergens
  • Air pollution
  • Dry air/dry eyes
  • Dust
  • Chemical exposure
  • Digital eye strain
  • Too much alcohol
  • Lack of sleep
  • Recreational drug use

Red eye can also be a symptom of an eye infection like infections conjunctivitis — pink eye — so if you don’t see improvement in a day or so, call your provider at Accent Vision Specialists.

Red eye can show up in one or both eyes, and symptoms may include:

  • Irritation
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Swollen lids
  • Discharge
  • Pain
  • Watery eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurry vision

Many patients only have mild redness, but if you start experiencing other symptoms, call your doctor. If you experience redness or any of these symptoms very suddenly, get quick medical attention.

See the doctors at Accent Vision Specialists immediately if, in addition to redness, you’re having symptoms like:

  • Sudden vision changes
  • Nausea or vomiting

These symptoms could be associated with acute glaucoma.