BLOODSHOT EYE? – When to See the Doctor

Sometimes a bloodshot eye is NOTHING and sometimes it’s SOMETHING.
But how do you know if you should see a doctor?

You should SEE A DOCTOR ASAP if your bloodshot eyes are paired with the following:

  • Your eyes are seeping or encrusted with yellow, brown or green mucous, see a doctor as soon as you can. This can be a sign of infection that needs medical treatment.
  • You are experiencing pain in or around your eyes or unusual tenderness.
  • You have unusual sensitivity to light.
  • You have a fever or overall sickness.
  • Redness or discomfort lasts more than a week (after you’ve tried home remedies – listed below).
  • Your child has been exposed to pink eye (conjunctivitis)

If you do not have the symptoms listed above, a HOME REMEDY may be all you need.
Some Options Include:

  • Using over-the-counter artificial tears
  • Using over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops, especially if you are prone to seasonal allergies
  • Using over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops with a steroid— *if you’ve been previously diagnosed with red eyes due to allergies
  • Placing cool compresses or washcloths on your closed eyes a couple of times a day
  • Avoiding triggers or irritants such as smoke, fumes, pollen, dust, chlorine or pet dander
  • Washing your hands often, not touching your eyes unless you’ve just washed your hands, and using clean bedding and towels daily.

If the home remedies don’t help after one week, it’s time to schedule an appointment.

View the full article from the American Academy of Ophthalmology here.



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