Red Eye Treatment & Emergency Eye
Red eye happens when the blood vessels in the eye become inflamed, causing the white of your eye to turn red. Your eyes will likely be red or pink in colour, and you may notice a watery or mucus-type discharge. A number of issues can cause red eyes. If your eyes are red for any reason, it’s time to book an appointment so your Optometrist can identify and treat the problem.
What Causes Red Eye?
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/pink eye.
Common environmental causes for red eye include:
- Chemical exposure (such as chlorine in a pool)
- Airborne allergens (such as pollen or animal dandruff)
- Dry air (such as that found in offices, airplanes, or arid climates)
- Airborne fumes (such as gasoline or airborne solvents)
- Air pollution
- Overexposure to sunlight without UV-blocking sunglasses
Red eyes can also be caused by common eye problems, both minor and serious.
- Minor eye problems
- Eye allergies
- Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
- Contact lens wear
- Digital eye strain
- Serious Eye Problems
- Eye infections
- Eye trauma or injury
- Recent eye surgery (such as LASIK or cosmetic eye surgery)
- Acute glaucoma
- Corneal ulcer
Symptoms of Red Eye?
There are a variety of symptoms associated with red eye, which can occur in one or both eyes. Common symptoms include:
- Red or pink eyes
- Noticeable veins/red lines
- Watery eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
Emergency Eye Care
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. Though we are not an emergency facility, we will do our best to allow for emergency appointments during our regular business hours. The following symptoms mean you should seek medical attention right away.
- Vision loss
- Corneal abrasion
- Eye pain
- Chemical contact
- A sudden onset of floaters
- Foreign object
- Shower of flashes
- Visual disturbances
- Sudden, unrelenting blurring of your vision
- Tunnel vision
- Warped vision
Common Eye Emergencies & First Aid
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.