If you have ever had red or bloodshot eyes, you have probably wrestled with the discomfort, compromised vision, and cosmetic concerns associated with it. Our Downtown Vegas optometrist, Dr. Paul Thompson, can work with you to evaluate red eye problems and offer treatment to correct it.
First, what exactly causes red or bloodshot eyes? Well, the tiny blood vessels on the surface of your eyes- also known as the conjunctiva- swell. The extra blood that engorges them causes your eyes to appear red. The most common cause of red eye is a simple irritation such as those that occur from dry eyes, allergies, or typical allergens such as dust. Our Downtown Vegas optometrist wants you to know, however, that there are other causes for red eye problem, often it is a symptom of another eye concern that needs to be dealt with. Among these are conjunctivitis- often called pink eye, a sudden increase of pressure inside your eye due to glaucoma, and injuries to the eye itself. Besides these, ulcers- or sores- on your cornea, inflammation in the colored part of the middle of your eyeball, and inflammations occurring in the follicles of your eyelash or around your eyelid can also be the culprit.
Red eyes can be frustrating because they cause itchiness, but depending on which of the previously mentioned causes is to blame for it, you should know that it could be a serious matter. The best solution is to schedule an appointment to see our Downtown Vegas optometrist for an eye evaluation. Let Dr. Thompson examine you and make a diagnosis as to what factors have cause your red eye problem. If in addition to redness and itchiness, you are experiencing symptoms such as pain, headache, being unable to keep your eye open, feeling like there is something in your eye, a change in your vision, nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light- or if your red eye is a direct result of an injury- you should come to see our Downtown Vegas optometrist immediately. After Dr. Thompson has determined a diagnosis, he can provide a course of treatment to both relieve the discomfort and redness and even more important, to address the underlying cause if there is one.