Red Eye is a condition that occurs when the blood vessels that sit between in the sclera (the white portion of our eye) and the overlying clear conjunctiva of the eye become inflamed. When this happens the sclera may appear to be tinted red or pink, or squiggly red or pink lines may appear on it.
There are a variety of symptoms associated with red eye, which can occur in one or both eyes. Common symptoms include:
Red eye can be caused by a variety of environmental or lifestyle-related reasons, or because of specific eye problems. Red eye is most commonly caused by allergies, wearing contacts too often, eye fatigue, or common eye infections such as conjunctivitis.
Common environmental causes for red eye include:
Red eyes can also be caused by common eye problems, both minor and serious.
Minor eye problems:
Serious eye problems:
Your vision is one of your most valuable assets, so it is important to keep it safe. Even a minor eye injury can have devastating consequences for your vision. If you are experiencing an eye emergency call Abbey Eye Care right away or proceed to the nearest hospital.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you should seek medical attention straight away:
The most common eye emergencies include chemical contact and corneal abrasion, as well as getting objects stuck in our eyes. Here are some first aid steps to take should you experience any of the following common eye emergencies.
Your eyes are incredibly sensitive and can be easily irritated or damaged. Should you get any chemicals in your eye you need to flush your eye immediately. Locate the nearest source of cool, clean water and flush your eye for at least fifteen minutes. It is important that you flush your eye for the entire fifteen minutes so that you can be sure there are no residual chemical traces in or around your eye that can cause additional damage.
Once you have finished flushing your eye for the full fifteen minutes seek medical attention.
Corneas (the thin film that covers the iris and pupil portions of the eye) are extremely delicate and can be easily damaged. A scratch from a branch or an impact from a ball or other item can damage your cornea, making it vulnerable to infection.
If you think you might be experiencing a corneal abrasion do not rub your eye. Rubbing may make the situation worse by moving the debris around and causing more damage. To try and dislodge the debris you should gently rinse your eye with clean, cool water and then seek professional medical attention.
If there is an object lodged in your eye proceed to the nearest hospital immediately. Make sure you do not rub your eye since this could cause further damage.
If there is an object trapped between your eye and your eyelid do not try and pick it out. Instead, flush your eye with plenty of clean, cool water to try and dislodge the object. Do not rub your eye. Once you have dislodged the object seek medical attention immediately.
Abbey Eye Care looks forward to serving you and your family. Our office is located on the Southeast corner of Dundas and Third Line.
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