Red Eye

Red-eye is an irritation followed by the swollen vessels in the eye. It is also termed as bloodshot eyes, which gives an indication of several health-related problems. It is nothing to worry as the majority of the problems are mild. However, certain complications require proper medical observations.


There are a few symptoms that require medical screening. They are as below:

  • Reddishness in the white area of the eye
  • Sticky eyes
  • Itchiness
  • Sore eyelids
  • Lump on the eyelid
  • Swollen eyelid
  • Blurry vision
  • Watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Pain

It is very common to have red eyes sometimes. If it is prolonged it is better to consult an ophthalmologist.

Causes for the red-eye:

Red eyes are caused due to the dilation of blood vessels located near to the white surface of the eye. Due to the environmental and lifestyle changes, these blood vessels may become swollen and causing some irritations to the eye.
Generally, red eyes are caused due to allergies, fatigue and overuse of contact lenses. Sometimes the infections like conjunctivitis or pink eye make the eye reddish. However, there are certain signals given by the eye for some serious conditions like glaucoma.

Environmental causes :

  • Air pollution
  • Airborne infections or allergies
  • Smoke
  • Dust
  • Overexposure to sunlight
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Dry air
  • Bacterial infections
  • Cough and cold
  • Fever

Straining the eyes during the work may also cause the eyes to get reddish. It is better to wear a computer lens while using a computer or mobile. The light rays from the devices during the late nights bring some severe irritation in the eye.

Other causes:

  • Injury in the eye
  • Trauma
  • Eye pressure
  • Heavy usage of Marijuana
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleritis

It is better to consult an ophthalmologist if it lasts long more than a week and if there are some pain or changes in the vision.


Some conditions can be treated at home by doing warm compression at the eye. If the irritation is big, then look for the optician or ophthalmologist to get a better solution. The ophthalmologist will give eye drops and it will make the eyes to get back to the normal.