Red, itchy, irritated eyes can impair your vision and diminish your overall quality of life. At Optic Gallery The District in the District neighborhood of Henderson, Nevada, Alaina Lavine, OD, Tiffany Nguyen, OD, and the team get to the bottom of red eye. They perform the appropriate tests to diagnose your condition and recommend the right treatment to help you find relief. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about red eye.
Red eye refers to any condition that causes irritated, red, or itchy eyes because the small blood vessels inside them become inflamed. Although red eye is usually harmless, it can impair your vision without treatment. A comprehensive eye exam is essential to uncover the cause of redness.
Many conditions can cause red eye, including:
Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
Conjunctivitis is an eye infection that commonly affects children. It occurs when bacteria enters the thin layer that lines the eyelids, called the conjunctiva. This infection irritates the small blood vessels in the eyes and causes a thick discharge that feels sticky.
Blepharitis is a chronic condition that inflames the eyelids. The condition can develop when bacteria reach your eyelashes or if you have dysfunctional oil glands.
Dry eye is any condition that causes red, itchy, irritated eyes. Many conditions can cause dry eye, including allergies, viral infections, and decreased tear production.
Allergies are overreactions from your immune system. Many allergens — the substances you’re allergic to — can irritate your eyes. Seasonal allergies, like pollen and mold, frequently cause red, itchy, inflamed eyes.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can damage the nerve that sends information to the brain, called the optic nerve.
The team performs a comprehensive eye exam, vision screening, and other common tests to diagnose the underlying cause of red eye.
The appropriate treatment for red eye depends on the underlying cause of your condition. After they diagnose your condition, the team at Optic Gallery The District may recommend a combination of treatments, such as:
Prescription or non-prescription eye drops
Lifestyle changes can also help prevent red eye. The team may recommend discontinuing use of certain types of eye makeup to prevent bacteria buildup. If you frequently experience red eyes after looking at screens, taking regular breaks can help protect your eyes against eye strain.
Call Gallery The District or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about red eye.