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Red Eye

Women with red eyes Redness in the eyes is a common symptom we treat at Eye Clinics of Seattle in Seattle. The whites in the eyes may become red or bloodshot, or the eyelids could become red and inflamed. Depending on what's causing the redness, the problem may go away on its own. In other cases, you may need medical treatment from our team. 

Reasons for eye redness

One or both eyes may become red for a variety of reasons. These may include: 

  • Allergies
  • Irritation from dust or other particles
  • Injury
  • Extended contact lens wear
  • Infections, such as pink eye 
  • Dry eye 
  • Eye fatigue
  • Scleritis or episcleritis
  • Glaucoma
  • Ocular herpes
  • Corneal scratches

Some of these conditions require medications such as antibiotics, over-the-counter eye drops, antivirals, or steroids. That's why it's important to seek care at Eye Clinics of Seattle if you experience red eyes. 

When to seek care for red eye

If you experience eye redness along with any of the following symptoms, contact Dr. Bergstrom immediately. 

  • Eyes are painful
  • Vision is blurred
  • Eyes become more sensitive to light
  • Symptoms continue for a week or longer or symptoms worsen
  • Pus or mucus is oozing from the eye
  • You have a fever or body aches

Other things to know about red eye

  • Occasional, brief periods of red eye usually rectify on their own.
  • If you are using over-the-counter eye drops and experience redness, switch to a different brand or refrain from using them.
  • If you experience redness in one or both of your eyes and you wear contact lenses, remove the lenses immediately. 

Contact us for a diagnosis

Red eyes can be difficult to diagnose on your own, so it's vital to seek a professional diagnosis. Our optometrist team at Eye Clinics of Seattle has specialized equipment and extensive training that allow us to diagnose eye diseases and conditions. Contact us at (206) 282-8120 for an appointment so we can assess your eyes and recommend a course of treatment.

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