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Why specifically is my left eye bloodshot the day after drinking alcohol but the right eye seems ok?

Why specifically is my left eye bloodshot the day after drinking alcohol but the right eye seems ok?

Red eye: That is the way you are. Due to flushing (vasodilation) to subconjunctival blood vessel. Use refresh tears (over the counter). Won't worry if no issues with vision. Maybe you wink too much with left eye when having a few drink. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Why does booze do that and how do I stop bloodshot eyes from being red after i drink?

Why does booze do that and how do I stop bloodshot eyes from being red after i drink?

Vasodilation: Alcohol is a vasodilator - that means it opens up blood vessels and increases blood flow, especially to superficial tissues like skin and the conjunctivae of the eyes. Some people, especially of asian or native american background, have even more tendency to flush after drinking. There is no way to stop it. If it is bothering you, and you can't stop, you need to talk to your md or a counselor. ...Read more

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Why do my eyes itch after drinking alcohol?

Why do my eyes itch after drinking alcohol?

Stop Drinking alcoho: Stop drinking alcohol and see if condition improves. ...Read more

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R Eyelid swells & not itchy. Dr said looks allergy but would be in both eyes. Happens after drinking alcohol or stress/anxiety. Stumped on what causes?

R Eyelid swells & not itchy. Dr said looks allergy but would be in both eyes. Happens after drinking alcohol or stress/anxiety. Stumped on what causes?

Alcohol flush syn : I found the following explanation in Wikipedia: "Alcohol flush reaction is a condition in which an individual develops flushes or blotches associated with erythema on the face, neck, shoulders, and, in some cases, the entire body after consuming alcoholic beverages. The reaction is the result of an accumulation of acetaldehyde, a metabolic byproduct of the catabolic metabolism of alcohol". ...Read more

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I got alcohol in my eye last night, it may be rubbing, possibly drinking alcohol, i washed out with water and milk. It is burning and feels like sand paper is in it. Please help

I got alcohol in my eye last night, it may be rubbing, possibly drinking alcohol, i washed out with water and milk. It is burning and feels like sand paper is in it.  Please help

Both : Both drinking or rubbing alcohol will cause chemical burn on the cornea and conjunctiva. It is very painful condition and predispose the patient to infection. For this reason, you should be seen by an ophthalmologist and be placed on antibiotic eye drops. ...Read more

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Are bloodshot eyes a bad health sign?

Are bloodshot eyes a bad health sign?

Probably not: Red eyes can be caused by so many things, i would see your eye doc for their opinion as why it is happening ; direct rx to the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Does having bloodshot eyes affect your vision?

Does having bloodshot eyes affect your vision?

Not normally: No it does not most of the time, but if you have severe pain and loss of vision than it is very serious and call 911as it may be from acute glaucoma and sometimes from anaphylactic shock. ...Read more

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What causes you to wake up with bloodshot eyes?

What causes you to wake up with bloodshot eyes?

Again not specific: Well you could have had not enough sleep or not proper sleep. You might need a sleep test. First if this persists see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Why do I always have bloodshot eyes in the morning?

Why do I always have bloodshot eyes in the morning?

Red eyes: Lots of potential causes. Could be blepharitis dry eyes allergies. Need to see eye care professional and don't try to treat with visine. Generally makes it worse and doesn't treat underlying cause of the problem, just masks the symptoms. ...Read more

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I have constantly bloodshot eyes for the past 8 years. What should I do?

I have constantly bloodshot eyes for the past 8 years. What should I do?

Possible blepharitis: Chronic bloodshot eyes can be from many things, including infections and inflammation. Dry eyes, and blepharitis, a condition causing chronic inflammation of the eyelids, are common causes. Do you have crusting? sticky eyes? burning? stinging? You should see an eye doctor soon to figure out the cause and get treatment, to avoid any damage to your eyes. ...Read more

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What can cause really red bloodshot eyes?

What can cause really red bloodshot eyes?

Many issues: Dry eye, blepharitis, allergies, topical drops, rosacea, infectious conjunctivitis, angle closure glaucoma, uveitis, any cause of ocular surface irritation/ inflammation, and many more. See an eye doctor. ...Read more

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How can I prevent getting bloodshot eyes from contacts?

How can I prevent getting bloodshot eyes from contacts?

Eye & contact care: Be sure you're cleaning and using your contacts as directed by your eye doctor. Consider switching to daily disposable contacts if you use monthly contacts and have a prob w/ redness. Consider wearing your glasses more often to give your eyes more breaks from the contacts. Consider other causes or red eyes such as allergies. If you still have probs, please talk w/ your eye doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause bloodshot eyes and headaches all of the sudden?

What could cause bloodshot eyes and headaches all of the sudden?

Many causes: Difficult to say. There are many causes of headaches, from mild neck muscle strain and tension to life-threatening medical issues. Please see a doctor for further evaluation and good luck. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of bloodshot eyes?

Depends on cause: It depends on cause.Subconjunctival hemorrhages clear over the times without any treatment. If due to infection, inflammation or allergy appropriate treatment if it does not go away within two weeks you need to be checked. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of bloodshot eyes?

How can I get rid of bloodshot eyes?

Depends on the cause: If you have a dry eye condition that is causing it, you can try over the counter artificial tears. Avoid situations that aggregate it such as exposure to dry air, smoke or allergens. Allergies usually have a trigger, such as cosmetics, so eliminating them will help. Using allergy drops for short periods of time may help to ease symptoms. If condition persists longer than several weeks seek care. ...Read more

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How to get rid of bloodshot eyes fast?

No quick way: People always want a cure... A magic wand but since blood shot eyes can be from just too little sleep - try some rest. If that does not work go see an eye doc. ...Read more

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Whats a good way to get rid of bloodshot eyes?

Whats a good way to get rid of bloodshot eyes?

Depends on the cause: See an eye doctor to determine the cause then the best treatment can be outlined. ...Read more