Red eyes occur when the small blood vessels on the surface of the eye become enlarged usually due to some eye irritant and may result from several factors besides any underlying diseases. Red eyes may result from rubbing eyes, sleep deprivation, prolonged screen time, chemical and environmental pollutant exposure, allergies, eye fatigue, over-wearing contact lenses, or common eye infections such as pink eye (conjunctivitis). Redness of the eye can sometimes signal a more serious eye condition or diseases, such as uveitis or glaucoma.
Red eyes can also occur when a person does not produce enough tears or tears are not of good quality to lubricate and nourish the eyes.
Common symptoms of dry eye include:
- Stinging, itchy or burning eyes
- Pain and redness
- Excessively teary eyes
- Blurry vision
- Eye fatigue and strain
- Discomfort and irritation after viewing TV, reading or computer/screen-based work
A thorough eye examination will ensure appropriate investigations are conducted and an accurate diagnosis made. This will usually be followed by a tailor-made management and treatment plan. Our Optometrists at Specs Sensation are accredited to diagnose and manage your eye health needs with the latest, best management techniques or strategies.