Allergies, a dry environment, and infections like conjunctivitis can all cause red, irritated eyes. Nastaran Golriz, OD, diagnoses and treats the conditions that cause red eyes at idoc Optical in Washington, DC. You can count on attentive, patient-focused care at idoc Optical. Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today for expert treatment and care for red eyes.
Many eye conditions result in red, irritated eyes. Some of the most prevalent causes of red eye include:
Dry eye occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough high-quality tears. As a result, your eyes can become itchy, gritty, and red. They might also burn or water excessively.
Hayfever and other allergies triggered by airborne irritants can also cause red eyes. As your immune system responds to the perceived threat, it releases antibodies that trigger symptoms including red, irritated, itchy, and watery eyes.
Commonly known as pink eye, conjunctivitis is an infection of your conjunctiva, which is the transparent film that covers the whites of your eyes. Conjunctivitis is usually a viral or bacterial infection. It causes itchiness and excess mucus as well as the tell-tale red eyes.
You’re also likely to have red eyes after eye trauma. If you rupture a blood vessel, it can leak into your eye, causing redness.
A chalazion is a benign lump that forms on your upper or lower eyelids. While not harmful, the nodule can irritate your eye and cause redness.
If your eyes are red and irritated, take out your contact lenses. You should call idoc Optical if your red eyes persist for more than a day. Your eye health and vision are critical, and you should always take action to protect them.
Dr. Golriz provides comprehensive eye exams and testing to identify the condition causing your red eyes. She uses a slit lamp to examine your conjunctiva, cornea, and eyelids. She also might recommend allergy testing or measure the quantity and quality of your tears.
Treatment for red eyes depends on the condition causing it. For example, if you have dry eye syndrome, allergies, or conjunctivitis, Dr. Golriz might prescribe eye drops to soothe your eyes and address the underlying condition.
If you have red, irritated eyes or other symptoms of eye disease or injury, call idoc Optical or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.