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What Causes Perpetually Red Eyes
I woke up 2days ago with a red eye. No pains no itches no discharge, just redness. What are the possible causes.
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, ...Read more
Red = Irritation: Redness is due to dilation of blood vessels and can occur with irritation. Irritation may stem from dryness, chemical exposure, allergy, autoimmune disorder, glaucoma, uveitis, viral conjunctivitis, bacterial conjunctivitis, surgery, trauma, uv exposure or burn, infection, and much much more. A good eye doc can help you narrow it down. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dry eyes: Could be allergy, but more common is dry eyes from being on the computer, reading, forgetting to blink. The tears are needed to bring nutrition to the cornea (clear window) and take away waste products and debris from the world. When they can't or don't, the conjunctiva tries to do that work by making the blood vessels larger. Blink, use artificial tears, but most of all do not rub! ...Read more
Multiple factors: There are multiple factors. Certainly getting soap or other chemicals into the eyes will make them red. Just the heat from the steam and hot water is enough to dilate the blood vessels of the conjunctiva which makes the eyes look red. ...Read more
Red eyes/dry: Any vision changes? pain? For dry eyes can try topical lubircant's like Systane -over the counter. Buy individual vials. Sometimes for severe cases Restasis is prescribed. If you have red eyes also need to check for an inflammatory or autoimmune process like epislceritis, iriitis or anterior uveitis or glaucoma which need further treatment f/u w/ optometrist/ ophthamologist w/in 24 hrs ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My eyes have felt a little bit gritty over the past few days. No other symptoms like swollen or red eyes. How can I fix this? What causes this?
Dry eyes: Your symptoms sound typical of some dry eyes. Try using some artificial tears several times a day for awhile to see if this helps. I notice that you're on thyroid placement therapy. Also make sure your doctor checks your thyroid levels if that has not been done for awhile. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
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