Eyes | Ophthalmology | Redness of Eye (Symptom)
Redness of Eye: Description
A person with eye redness has irritation or inflammation of the conjunctiva, or bleeding under the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is a thin, clear layer of tissue that covers the white portion of the eye, called the sclera. Conjunctivitis and subconjunctival hemorrhage are two forms of a red eye.
Red eye usually refers to hyperemia of the superficial blood vessels of the conjunctiva, sclera or episclera, and may be caused by diseases or disorders of these structures or adjacent structures that may affect them directly or indirectly.
Symptoms often associated with eye redness include eye pain, eye discharge, eye swelling, eye itching, eye tearing, blurry vision, headache, sensitivity to light, and a foreign body sensation in the eye.
Treatment for eye redness may include artificial tears, cold compresses, antihistamines, pain medications, and foreign body removal from the eye. Some may benefit from antibiotic eye drops. All should avoid exposure to smoke, do not rub the eyes, avoid using eye makeup, and do not wear contact lenses until symptoms are gone.