What are red eyes?
Red eyes (or red eye) is a condition where the white of the eye (the sclera) has become reddened or “bloodshot.”
The appearance of red eye can vary widely. It can look like there are several squiggly pink or red lines on the sclera or the entire sclera may appear diffusely pink or red.
Red eye can occur in one or both eyes, and it can be associated with several symptoms, including:
- Watery eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
In most cases, dry eyes are merely a cosmetic concern. It’s fine to treat minor irritation, exhaustion, and occasional redness with eye drops.
People should note that anti-redness drops won’t treat underlying problems. People will probably have to keep using them if the cause is not dealt with.
Over-the-counter eye lubricating drops may treat and prevent minor dry eye, but prescription remedies tend to work better.
When to see a doctor
People don’t need to see a doctor every time their eyes are red. However, anyone who experiences any of the following symptoms will need medical treatment:
- Redness and blurry vision
- Redness and intense pain and itching
- Green or yellow discharge from the eyes
- Difficulty seeing
- Feelings of pressure in the eyes
- Chronically dry, itchy eyes
- Seasonal eye redness that might be allergies