Red Eye Specialist

Diamond Vision Optometry

Optometry located in Pasadena, CA

Red eye, sometimes called red eyes, can not only make your eye red as the name suggests, but also cause other unwanted symptoms like eye pain and dryness. Fortunately, the skilled and experienced eye care providers at Diamond Vision Optometry in Pasadena, California, can diagnose and address the cause of your red eye. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Red Eye Q & A

What are the symptoms of red eye?

Red eye can vary in appearance. You may notice reddened lines, also referred to as a bloodshot appearance. In severe cases of red eye, the whites of your eye may be totally red.

If you have red eye, in addition to the red color, you might also experience other symptoms such as:

  • Burning eyes
  • Eye itchiness
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye discomfort
  • Sticky discharge from your eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Impaired vision, especially blurriness

While red eye usually causes additional symptoms like those listed above, milder cases of red eye may cause discoloration only.

What causes red eye?

The cause of red eye is the expansion of your eye's tiny blood vessels. The cause of this expansion can vary, but some of the causes include:

  • Eye infection
  • Allergies
  • Eye strain from overuse
  • Smoke in the air
  • Dry environment
  • Exposure to chemicals

One of the less common causes of red eye is disease or illness such as glaucoma or corneal ulcers. Although the reason for your red eye is unlikely to be disease or another serious problem, it's always best to check with your Diamond Vision Optometry eye doctor as a precautionary measure.

What is the treatment for red eye?

The treatment for red eye depends on its exact cause. Your specific symptoms also play a role in determining treatment. If you wear contact lenses, remove them and bring them along when you come to see your Diamond Vision Optometry eye doctor.

Don't use an over-the-counter red eye remedy until you see your eye doctor. It's easy to develop a reliance on those type of eye drops, and if you suddenly stop using those over-the-counter eye drops after a long period of use, your red eye may return worse than ever.

Your eye doctor can prescribe a solution such as eye rest, prescription eye drops, change in environment, or other remedies that will work both now and for the long term.

Are red eyes making you see red? Don't get mad, call the Diamond Vision Optometry office or schedule an appointment online today.