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Blood Shot Eyes Lead Blindness
Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more
Dryness: Soft contact lenses are a "barrier" to oxygen permeability of the cornea. Wearing poorly fitted contacts, wearing contacts for too many hours in the day, sleeping in contacts, not changing contacts regularly can all lead to dryness and poor oxygen delivery to the cornea. Dryness and poor oxygen delivery can lead to red, irritated eyes. ...Read more
Bloodshot eyes: Engorged blood vessels I the clear skin layer (conjunctiva) that overlies the "white of the eye" the sclera. Usually benign, may result from many forms of inflammation. smoke irritation, fatiqued, wind exposure, lack of sleep, allergies, and other irritants. Artificial tears, rest, and avoiding irritants usually resolves. Some chronic cases may require treatment by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Depends: If allergies, blepharitis or conjunctivitis-- these will require treatment from a doc. If due to dryness, use artificial tears. If due to contact lenses, may need to change lenses, brand of lenses or solution or even stop contacts. If due to environmental exposure (eg smoke) avoid irritants. May be sign of needing more sleep as well. ...Read more
I took 300 mg of gabapentin today for the first time and now I have blood shot eyes. Is that a bad sign?
Maybe but not likely: It is not uncommon to get a subconjunctival hemorrhage once or twice in your life. It is far less common to develop recurrent bouts, such as annually. If this happens more than once per year, have an evaluation. The doctor may recommend some blood work to ensure that you are fine. ...Read more
Not common: Most people go through life without getting eye problems blood shot eyes which usually are infectious or due to bleeding can happen to anyone, but need exposure or trauma to produce these. Other causes can also happen but mostly these happen infrequently. Don't worry but seek help if it happens to you. ...Read more
Identify cause: A few have excess veins on the surface and the eyes seem bloodshot all the time. But most get red eyes from dryness, fatigue, allergy and eye rubbing. Since dryness is the most common, get a lubricating drop from the pharmacy and use it frequently. Do not use the drops labeled "gets the red out" as these are in fact drying. ...Read more
"Blood-shot" eyes: Are due to the blood vessels of the conjunctiva, episclera to sclera dilating and becoming engorged. The causes are numerous but when most people refer to their "red eyes" they are referring to their conjunctival becoming injected. Allergy symptoms are the most common reasons followed by dryness then infection. A good exam will determine the cause and treatment. ...Read more
Common: These are symptoms that could be potentially serious. Yous should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thotoughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on. ...Read more
You have allergies?: Dry eye syndrome? If this is a chronic issue have it medically evaluated. ...Read more
When persistent: Fatigue lowers the tear flow and causes some eye redness. As long as your vision is not affected or the eyes do not hurt or have pus in them, then you can wait a few days for it to clear. And get some relief from topical lubricant eyedrops. If persistent then see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more
What could be causing my husband to have blood shot eyes and a killer headache with light sensitivity?
Loss of vision reflects the inability to perceive images. Such a phenotype can be due to occlusive or barriers to light (e.g. cataracts) through retinal alterations (e.g. wet macular degeneration) to optic nerve lesions (e.g. from a pituitary adenoma) to central nervous system ...Read more
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