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Bloodshot Eyes After Drinking Alcohol
Why specifically is my left eye bloodshot the day after drinking alcohol but the right eye seems ok?
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably unrelated : It is likely something else entirely.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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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