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When experiencing red eyes every so often, you might not worry about it too much. Having red or bloodshot eyes on a regular basis or frequently can indicate an underlying problem that needs to be treated, though. Red eyes might also cause some discomfort that makes It hard to do everyday tasks. At OptimEYES in Ashburn, we can check your eyes and provide a treatment to relieve redness.
Eye redness happens when the blood vessels in the eyes become larger, which can occur for a number of reasons. Some common red eye causes include conjunctivitis, which is inflammation that affects the whites of the eyes, dry eye syndrome, allergies, eye injuries and eye diseases or conditions, such as glaucoma. You can also have red eye problems when straining the eyes from staring at the computer or laptop too long or when wearing contact lenses longer than necessary.
When having red eyes, you might have redness that only affects one or two small areas of the eyes. In other cases, redness is more widespread, such as with conjunctivitis. You might also experience other symptoms that go along with red eyes, such as irritation or discomfort, a burning sensation, watery eyes or headaches. If you have redness that does not go away or gets worse, have your eyes checked immediately. Seek care if eye redness occurs with sudden and severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, vision changes, pain or fever.
When you have persistent red eyes, our Ashburn optometrist at OptimEYES can examine your eyes and do tests to determine what is causing these symptoms. Depending on your diagnosis, you might need to treat or manage underlying conditions that are causing red eyes, such as glaucoma. Our optometrist will discuss treatment options with you after your diagnosis.
You might need to use medicated eye drops for a bacterial case of conjunctivitis or make lifestyle changes if your red eyes are due to eye strain. If you have allergies or dry eye syndrome, eye drops might provide relief from eye redness and irritation. Our optometrist will recommend treatment based on the cause of your redness, so you can find relief from red-eye symptoms.
If you have eye redness that will not go away and need treatment for it, contact OptimEYES to schedule an appointment. Our eye doctor in Ashburn will evaluate your eyes to determine the cause and provide you with treatment that eases red eyes.