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Red Eye (Single) (Definition)

Red eye is a symptom in which a one or both of a person's eyes are redder than normal. Redness is usually caused by increased blood (red colored) in the reddened area. Increased blood flow can be due to allergies, inflammation, infection, hormonal changes, nerve problems, drug side effects, etc. ...Read more


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What does sore, swollen and red eye mean? My left bottom eye lid has been hurting for a few days now, feels kind of like a pimple to the touch and when i blink. I woke up this morning and my eye was swollen on the bottom lid and under my eye, red and sti

What does sore, swollen and red eye mean? My left bottom eye lid has been hurting for a few days now, feels kind of like a pimple to the touch and when i blink.  I woke up this morning and my eye was swollen on the bottom lid and under my eye, red and sti

What : What you describe sounds like a chalazion or commonly known as a stye. Try placing a warm wash cloth on the lid three or four times daily. If the stye does not go away, there are other treatment options and surgical options you may discuss with your ophthalmologist. Styes can also be associated with lid margin disease. Lid margin disease is a common and frequently chronic inflammation of the eyelids. Symptoms include irritation, itching, and, occasionally, a red eye. This condition frequently occurs in people who tend to have oily skin, dandruff, or dry eyes. Bacteria normally reside on the skin, but in some people, they thrive in the skin at the base of the eyelashes. Nearby oil glands may be overactive, causing dandruff-like scales and particles to form along the lashes and eyelid margins, which can cause redness, stinging, or burning. Lid margin disease cannot be cured, but it can be controlled with a few simple, daily hygienic measures, such as the following: at least twice a day, place a warm, wet washcloth over your closed eyelids for a minute. Rewet it as it cools, two or three times. This will soften and loosen scales and debris. More important, it helps liquefy the oily secretions from the eyelids’ oil glands, which helps prevent the development of a chalazion, an inflamed lump in an eyelid oil gland. With your finger covered with a thin, wet washcloth, cotton swab, or commercial lint-free pad, gently scrub the base of the lashes for about 15 seconds per lid. When medications are necessary, they may include: artificial tears (over-the-counter eyedrops) to relieve symptoms of dry eye; antibiotics (oral or topical) to decrease bacteria on the eyelids; and steroids (short-term), to decrease inflammation. Medications alone are not sufficient to control lid margin disease; the application of warmth and detailed cleansing of the lashes daily is the key. ...Read more

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How can you treat a red eye infection with boric acid?

How can you treat a red eye infection with boric acid?

Gently: Boric acid is a time tested old remedy for eye condtions. It is made in a dilute solution and can be comfortable as an eyewash. It is not antiinfective so it will not shorten the disease. However it makes the eye feel better. Since most eye infections in adults are viral, except for herpes there is no specific treatment except time and your own immune system. ...Read more

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Why has my ophthamologist been unsuccessful in treating my painful red eye, could it be something really bad?

Why has my ophthamologist been unsuccessful in treating my painful red eye, could it be something really bad?

Yes: A painful red eye can be caused by many things. To begin to mention them would only be speculation in your case. If your ophthalmologist is unable to relieve your painful red eye make sure he has fully explained to you what he believes is the cause and how he is treating the condition. Then ask why is it that you feel no better. If these questions are not answered well. Seek a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Is lidex (fluocinonide) can be used as red eye treatment?

Is lidex (fluocinonide) can be used as red eye treatment?

NO.: Definitely not. Lidex (fluocinonide) is a potent steroid. Potent steroids should never be used without a specific diagnosis. "red eye" is a broad category of eye diseases which include many things that could be made worse with steroids. Could turn a minor red eye into a blind eye. ...Read more

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Other than eye drop, how to cure red eye?

Depends on cause!: Red eyes can be from many sources from simple irritation to severe rheumatoid melting of sclera. In cases of rheumatoid melts, drugs in the catagory of chemotherapy are necessary! so, it depends on cause. Most often eye drops, neutritional supplements, and occasionally oral medications are used. ...Read more

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Whats the best way to get rid of red eye?

Whats the best way to get rid of red eye?

Determine cause: First one must know what is causing the red eye. Is it infection, allergies or glaucoma or trauma? Then treat the cause. ...Read more

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Having flu for more than 2months what can still be the solution ?took nasal sprays and tablets(Cetirizine) symptons:red eye, blocked nose,cant slp

Having flu for more than 2months what can still be the solution ?took nasal sprays and tablets(Cetirizine) symptons:red eye, blocked nose,cant slp

Nasal spray: If you have been using a nasal spray like Afrin then you could be experiencing "rebound" swelling of the nasal passages. This is very difficult to deal with but you MUST stop using those nose sprays for it to get better. Talk to your doctor about using a steroid nasal spray to help you get through the withdrawal from the other. ...Read more

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I've got red eye, and i don't know what caused it. What might have triggered it?

I've got red eye, and i don't know what caused it. What might have triggered it?

Causes of red eyes: Two conditions: blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction could cause red eyes. These are conditions of the eyelids that can cause inflammation leading to redness. Also, dry eyes can cause eyes to appear red. LipiFlow can treat dry eyes, blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction. Or I-BRITE Wye Whitening surgery can reduce excessive red blood vessels www.WhiterEyes.com ...Read more

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How can I prevent eye redness?

How can I prevent eye redness?

Prevention?: The eye's normal response to anything that irritates it is to become red ;/or to tear ;/or to make more mucous. Trying to protect the ocular surface with glasses, sunglasses, broad brimmed hat, artificial teardrop applications, to blink more, to rest them when tired, to eliminate environmental irritants, and to use antihistamine drops when itchy may all help. But to prevent redness is not likely. ...Read more

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Red eye after I get up?

Red eye morning: The most common causes of red eye in the morning are: not enough sleep, blepharitis, allergy, dry eye, eyes opening while sleeping. An eye MD can help you sort it out. In the meantime, get enough sleep. Blepharitis is treated with warm compresses in the evening followed by scrubbing the base of the eyelashes with a cotton swab dipped in diluted baby shampoo. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. ...Read more

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Red eye after I get up?

Red eye morning: The most common causes of red eye in the morning are: not enough sleep, blepharitis, allergy, dry eye, eyes opening while sleeping. An eye MD can help you sort it out. In the meantime, get enough sleep. Blepharitis is treated with warm compresses in the evening followed by scrubbing the base of the eyelashes with a cotton swab dipped in diluted baby shampoo. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. ...Read more

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I have red eye what should i do?

I have red eye what should i do?

Depends: "Red eye" comes in many forms, some relatively benign & others severe & sight threatening. Treatment mainly depends on symptoms & vision change. If you've bruised your eyeball (red blotch) without pain & vision change, you may just observe and trial artificial tears for soothing. Allergies & dry eye redness may respond to antihistamine drops and artificial tears. An exam is best to figure this out ...Read more

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I have a red eye. what should i do?

Exam: Cannot be diagnosed without an examination and direct visualization. ...Read more

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Woke up entire eye red eye what is it?

Woke up entire eye red eye what is it?

Subconjunctival heme: If there is a patch of red on the surface of your eye, and your vision is unaffected, and you have no pain, it is possible that you have a subconjunctival hemorrhage -- essentially a bruise on your eyeball. You should see an eye md for evaluation. ...Read more

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Why do people have more red eye than others?

Why do people have more red eye than others?

Red eyes: "More Red eyes than others" can be due to genetic blood vessel patterns differences, chronic dry eyes, pterygia or pinguecula (growth on surface of eye), inflammation in eye or body. See eyeMD to rule out more concerning reasons. Eyedoc2020@blogspot.com has more info if due to dry eyes: see "Lid Hygiene" ...Read more