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How much should I worry about blood shot eyes?

How much should I worry about blood shot eyes?

Not too much: Blood shot eyes are usually caused by fatigue, dry eyes or allergies. Some would also classify subconjunctival hemorrhage as bloodshot. As long as the cause is known, there is usually no worry. If there is sudden onset without a cause, see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Whats the cause for blood shot eyes?

Whats the cause for blood shot eyes?

Bloodshot eyes: Blood shot eyes have many causes, such as dry eye, fatigue, allergy, alcohol consumption, conjunctivitis, iritis, thyroid disease. You can try some artificial tears, such as theratears, but if the redness persists, then seek care from your local ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have blood shot eyes?

What does it mean if I have blood shot eyes?

Lots of causes: Red eyes can simply be from dry eye syndrome (common in women, especially peri or post menopausal). Other causes include eyelid inflammation (blepharitis) or infection. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my blood shot eyes go away?

How fast can I make my blood shot eyes go away?

Depends on the cause: Blood shot eye, also called red eye is a non-specific term to describe an eye that appears red due to illness or injury, ranging from dry eyes, or allergies to much more serious things such as bacterial infections. If not too painful, nor traumatic and infrequent, i would recommend otc artificial tear lubricants 3-4x/day. If symptoms still persist or worsen, then see an ophthalmologist (eye md). ...Read more

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Do symptoms like blood shot eyes go away quickly?

Do symptoms like blood shot eyes go away quickly?

It depends: Bloodshot eyes caused by a subconjunctival hemorrhage can take up to 2 weeks or longer to go away. If the eye is pink (inflammation, allergy, infection), it may improve quickly with the appropriate treatment. A trip to the eye doctor can help sort out what is going on and how best to treat it. ...Read more

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What is the best way for treating blood shot eyes?

What is the best way for treating blood shot eyes?

Artificial tears: Best way is to treat the underlying cause. Most common cause of chronic bloodshot eyes is dry eyes. Best to treat with preservative free artificial tears one drop 4 times a day and take oral omega-3's such as evoa dry eye supplements. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have blood shot eyes?

Could it be something bad if I have blood shot eyes?

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

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How common is it for somebody to get blood shot eyes?

How common is it for somebody to get blood shot eyes?

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

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Why would I get blood shot eyes after wearing my contacts?

Why would I get blood shot eyes after wearing my contacts?

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

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What is the definition or description of: Blood shot eyes?

What is the definition or description of: Blood shot eyes?

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

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How can I avoid getting blood shot eyes?

How can I avoid getting blood shot eyes?

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

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Is there a home cure for blood shot eyes?

Is there a home cure for blood shot eyes?

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

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What to do to avoid getting blood shot eyes?

What to do to avoid getting blood shot eyes?

"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

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Glassy, blood shot eyes during chest cold. Is this normal?

Glassy, blood shot eyes during chest cold. Is this normal?

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

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I've been sleeping enough, what else can cause blood shot eyes?

I've been sleeping enough, what else can cause blood shot eyes?

You have allergies?: Dry eye syndrome? If this is a chronic issue have it medically evaluated. ...Read more

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Can eye drops help blood shot eyes?

Can eye drops help blood shot eyes?

Yes: Drops with vasoconstrictors such as visine can take the red out temporarily, so using them once for photos or something is ok, but don't use them regularly or you can get rebound redness when stopping them. Best to treat the cause however. ...Read more

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I took 300 mg of gabapentin today for the first time and now I have blood shot eyes. Is that a bad sign?

I took 300 mg of gabapentin today for the first time and now I have blood shot eyes. Is that a bad sign?

Gabapentin: Please do not take any more Gabapentin but please see your doctor about your bloodshot eyes! Let me know how things go. ...Read more

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How are pink eye and blood shot eyes different?

How are pink eye and blood shot eyes different?

Difficult: Even for medical doctors, this is difficult there is a simple new test that can readily identify pink eye. ...Read more

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Constant sore, dry, and blood shot eyes? Allergies?

Constant sore, dry, and blood shot eyes?  Allergies?

Maybe: This group of symptoms can describe many problems including allergies, dry eye and blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid). Your best bet is to see an eye doctor to determine which is the primary cause and treat it. If allergy is the primary cause, itching is usually the predominant symptom. ...Read more

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I've been feeling more tired and have some blood shot eyes. When should I see the doctor?

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

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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my blood shot eyes until I can see a doctor?

Depends: If the eyes are red (looking in the mirror) and have no other symptoms you need do nothing. If it is hemorrhage under the conjunctiva, nothing will work - it will absorb by itself. If infectious or allergic redness, then an anti-allergic drop like zaditor (ketotifen) might help. An ophthalmologist can determine if it is infectious and whether you need an anti-biotic. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my husband has blood shot eyes and a killer headachr with light sensitivity. what could this be?

What do you suggest if my husband has blood shot eyes and a killer headachr with light sensitivity. what could this be?

Cluster headache?: I always tell people that a headache never killed anybody, but some of the causes of headaches can. The most benign thing (and thus the most likely thing) this could be is cluster headache, but there are other possibilities that should be ruled out. This is just an educated guess. There is no substitute for a clinical history and a physical exam performed in a doctor's office. ...Read more