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What Causes Red Eyes After Sleep
Dry eye-blepharitis: Drying can occur during sleeping, especially if someones eyes do not close completely. Actually, pretty common issue especially if some one has had eyelid surgery in past. Also, lid blepharits is common. Try some otc systane liquigel drops or systane gel at bed. If problem persists, see your eye doc. ...Read more
May be blepharitis: Blepharitis causes closure of the meibomian gland orifices and inflammation of the eyelids. During sleep the inspissated oil gets out and it is stale & like poison. It will make your eyes very red and painful. If you wake up with very red eyes and pain that is it. It may be of other causes too. Must see an ophthalmologist for proper DX and rx. ...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
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
Dryness?: Redness to eyes comes about from a number of reasons. Thinking about common things first, i would say tired, dry eyes, possibly allergies, or even lagophthalmos (sleeping with eyes partially opened). Try artificial tears before napping and resume when awake, perhaps 2-4 times per day. Example drops l: systane, refresh, genteal, all over the counter. Of no improvement, have an eye exam. ...Read more
Eye irritation: Computer use and prolonged reading is associated with a reduced blink rate. When you blink, your natural tears lubricate your cornea and conjunctiva (the clear dome over your eye and the "skin" on the eyeball). When conjunctiva is less lubricated it can become inflamed-thus a red eye. Use some lubricating eye drops prior to and during these gaming stints. ...Read more
Flashes: Sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment. This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; when it pills away, it causes flashes. You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vascular reactivity: The reflexes involved in the process of masturbation affect blood systems and vessels throughout the body. Obviously in your case the lip and eye blood vessels share in the this reactivity. You probably have reddening of the skin on your chest and perhaps other parts of the body. This is a natural phenomenon and will pass. ...Read more
I hav itchy eyes often..Much itching at night cause excess eye discharge in morning..Eyelids swell n eyes turn red..Hav few eyelashes than usual..Why?
Allergy: Itching usually means allergy if the discharge is real stringy/stretchy definitely allergy loss of lashes indicates a chronic condition. ...Read more
Depends: Eye strain is a possible symptom of dry eyes. There are two common causes of dry eyes -- low tear production or poor tear quality leading to rapid tear evaporation. You can try otc artificial tears, but ultimately you will need an eye md to diagnose and give appropriate treatment to your specific underlying cause. ...Read more
A few possibilities: This could be due to allergies, dry eyes, or eye infections. All can start or affect 1 eye first. The treatments are very different. For allergies, zaditor (ketotifen) is a good otc eye medicine. For dry eyes, lubricating tears are necessary. For infection, usually of the eyelids, start with eyelid warm compress and diluted baby shampoo scrubs. You should have a baseline exam with your eye doctor. ...Read more
What can be causing red eyes throughout the day? Been waking up with red eyes every day this past month. They're also dry.
Related items: A common cause of chronic eye redness is eye dryness. The tear flow drops at night so red, crusted eyes are more common at that time of day. Try using over the counter eyedrops, especially at bedtime (don't use those that say "gets the red out"). If that doesn't help, then see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more
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