Red Eye Causes and Eye Drops For Red Eyes
Visine and Clear Eyes are the most frequently used eye drops available on the market. What if I told you that these drops could make your dry eyes worse?
All “redness-reliever” drops do, in fact, remove the redness from your eyes, but your eyes also get addicted to the redness remover, making you rely on the drops even more than before to keep your eyes white.
This is a fantastic marketing technique by those companies! You’re forced to continue purchasing the eye drops to keep your eyes white.
Also, when your eyes are red and irritated, there is usually an underlying cause. Figuring out the cause by seeing a practitioner is always best. Here is a basic guide to why your eyes might feel like they do and what to do about it.
What Causes Red, Bloodshot Eyes? The Five Most Common Causes Of Bloodshot Eyes
1. Dry Eye Syndrome
We also prescribe Heyedrate Eyelid & Lash Cleanser to keep the eyelids clean and functioning properly, which helps dry eye.
If you need an eye drop, the over-the-counter drop we prescribe the most is Retaine MGD. Keep in mind that artificial tears just cover up a problem and do not fix it.
2. Allergic Conjunctivitis
This condition will cause intense itching, especially in the corners of the eyes. Eyes will be watery as well. A great over-the-counter drop for itchy eyes is Alaway. Schedule an appointment with your eye doctor if you're still not getting relief with Alaway.
3. Viral Conjunctivitis (what you know as "Pink Eye")
This condition is contagious! You may notice redness, watery eyes, and general discomfort. This may spread from one eye to the other over the course of a few days, and it may spread to other family members as well.
There is no treatment for "pink eye" since it is viral. Frustrating, I know!
But make sure to keep the eyelid area clean with a hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser. This will help prevent the spread as it is HIGHLY contagious, like stated above.
4. Bacterial Conjunctivitis
This is often accompanied by yellow, goopy discharge. Eyelids are often stuck together in the morning. This can be treated by cleaning the eyelids better morning and night.
We use Heyedrate Eyelid & Lash Cleanser both morning and night before washing your face. You should see an eye care practitioner for an antibiotic with severe discharge or goopiness that persists.
5. Contact Lens Complications
There are MANY conditions that fit into this category. Some contact lens complications can be sight threatening. Symptoms are often intense redness, pain, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision.
Give your optometrist a call immediately!
Contact Lens Dryness
If your contact lenses are dry, switching to a more frequent replacement lens, such as daily disposables (lenses that you throw away every day), is best.
If you do not throw your contact lenses away daily, switch to a solution without preservatives, such as ClearCare (please read the use instructions carefully and avoid eye contact).
As you can tell, an eye exam is essential to make sure you get the correct treatment for red eyes. This does not mean you should call your nearest Urgent Care center...most eye doctors are always on call and would be happy to see you, even on weekends!
You want to find the underlying cause of your red eyes, as discussed above, and fix the problem. Don't just cover it up!
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Dr. Travis Zigler, SeeEO of Eye Love
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