Most cases of red eyes respond well to conservative at-home treatments like rest, eye drops, and over-the-counter medication. However, if your symptoms persist or they interfere with your vision, it’s important to seek professional medical help.
What are some common causes of red eyes?
Dr. Gibbs regularly diagnoses and treats red eyes caused by:
Bacterial and viral infections
You might also develop red eyes if you experience trauma, like getting hit in the face or accidentally poking your eye.
When should I visit a doctor about red eyes?
Red eyes typically aren’t a serious medical concern. Make an appointment with Dr. Gibbs if your symptoms persist for longer than a week or they interfere with your vision. You should also seek professional medical help if your eyes are painful or sensitive to light.
How are red eyes diagnosed?
To diagnose red eyes, Dr. Gibbs reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and conducts a comprehensive eye exam. If these measures aren’t enough to pinpoint the underlying cause of your discomfort, she might also recommend rinsing your eye with a saline solution to eliminate any potential irritants.
How are red eyes treated?
Treatment for red eyes depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. Usually, Dr. Gibbs recommends conservative treatments like warm compresses, frequently washing your hands, and over-the-counter eye drops.
If your symptoms persist or get worse, you might benefit from oral antibiotics or prescription-strength eye drops. Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to relieve irritation and encourage healthy, vibrant vision.
Is there any way to prevent red eyes?
There’s no way to prevent red eyes entirely, but there are things you can do to significantly lower your risk. Dr. Gibbs recommends:
Removing all makeup before going to bed
Cleaning your contact lenses regularly
Avoiding activities that cause eye strain
Avoiding substances that irritate the eyes
Flushing out your eye if you get something in it
In addition, it’s important to wash your hands frequently. That’s especially true if you come into contact with someone who has an eye infection.
To learn more about treatment for red eyes, request an appointment at the practice of Dr. Chandra Gibbs. Call to speak with a member of the support team or book online.