Red Eye Treatment
Struggling with eye irritation and dryness due to red eye can be frustrating. At Richardson Eye Associates in Richardson, TX, we understand the challenges of managing red eye and provide relief. We offer personalized treatment options based on the underlying causes of red eye. Read below for common approaches our optometrist uses.
For mild cases of dry eye syndrome accompanied by red eye, our optometrists prescribe lubricating eye drops, also known as artificial tears, to provide relief by moisturizing and lubricating the eyes.
Sometimes, we may prescribe antibiotics or ointments to treat a bacterial or viral infection causing red eye. Follow our optometrist's instructions carefully and complete the full course of treatment. Oral medications can alleviate redness and itching caused by eye allergies. Identifying and avoiding allergens is also essential.
Antibiotic Eye Drops
When your red eyes are due to bacterial conjunctivitis, our optometrists in Richardson, TX, will prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointments to combat bacterial conjunctivitis. If your red eyes result from viral conjunctivitis, our optometrist will recommend supportive care, since viral infections don’t respond to antibiotics. We recommend applying warm compresses to promote tear production and ease inflammation.
Causes of Red Eye
Red eyes, also known as bloodshot eyes, occur when the typically tiny blood vessels on the eye surface become inflamed or dilated. Read below for the key culprits behind red eyes.
Direct injury or trauma to the eye can lead to redness, swelling, pain, and potential damage to the eye structures. A scratch or injury to the cornea, the clear front surface of the eye, can cause redness, pain, sensitivity to light, and excessive tearing.
Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, is the leading cause of red eyes. Viral or bacterial infections, allergies, or exposure to irritants like smoke can trigger it. In addition to red, pink eye causes itching, discharge, and tearing.
Dry eye syndrome occurs when the eyes don’t produce enough tears or when the tears evaporate too quickly, leaving your ocular surface susceptible to irritation and redness. This condition can also cause an uncomfortable, gritty sensation. Dry eye syndrome is often due to aging, certain medications, and environmental conditions.
Eye allergies caused by reactions to substances like pollen, pet dander, or dust mites can trigger an immune response, causing redness. To determine if an eye allergy is the culprit behind your eye redness, look for symptoms like itching and watery eyes.
Extended reading periods, using digital screens, or focusing on a specific task can cause eye strain, resulting in redness, dryness, and eye fatigue. Remember to take regular breaks during activities that require focused vision and get adequate rest to help reduce redness and discomfort.
When to Seek Professional Help
Although bloodshot eyes often appear painful, they usually look worse than they feel, and you might not be in pain at all. However, if you experience persistent redness accompanied by severe pain, vision changes, or discharge, or if it affects your daily life, it’s important to consult our expert optometrists for a comprehensive eye exam and personalized treatment plan.
Experience Red Eye Relief with Richardson Eye Associates
Don’t let the discomfort of red eyes hinder your comfort. Contact Richardson Eye Associates in Richardson, TX, to start your journey toward clear, comfortable vision. Our team of skilled optometrists is committed to improving your eye health. Call our office at (972) 231-3439 to request an appointment.