Red Eyes

Eyecare MPLS: Stella Hennen, MD, MSPH -  - Ophthalmologist

Eyecare MPLS: Stella Hennen, MD, MSPH

Ophthalmologist & Glaucoma Specialist located in Uptown, Minneapolis, MN

Red eyes can not only make your eye red, but it also causes other unwanted symptoms like eye pain and dryness. Fortunately, ophthalmologist Stella Hennen, MD, MSPH, at Eyecare MPLS in Minneapolis, Minnesota, can diagnose and address the cause of your red eyes. For relief from red eyes, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Red Eyes

What causes red eyes?

Red eyes are caused by the expansion of your eye's tiny blood vessels. The cause of this expansion can vary, but some of the causes include:

  • Eye infection 
  • Allergies
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Eye strain from overuse
  • Smoke in the air
  • Dry environment
  • Exposure to chemicals

Other causes of red eyes may include:

Uveitis

Eye inflammation, known as uveitis, can cause reoccurring red eye due to infection. Uveitis can occur anywhere in the eye and is often tied to systemic inflammatory disease. One sign of uveitis is noted by a severe redness in your eye, but other symptoms include floaters, sensitivity to light, and pain.

Chalazion

If you notice a small lump developing on the upper or lower eyelid in addition to red eye, you may be experiencing chalazion. Chalazion, caused by a blockage of your oil glands, can cause swelling and is often a sign of inflammation.

Red eyes could also be a sign of a disease or illness such as glaucoma or corneal ulcers. It's always best to visit Dr. Hennen at Eyecare MPLS as a precautionary measure.

What are the symptoms of red eyes?

Red eyes can vary in appearance. You may notice reddened lines, also referred to as a bloodshot appearance. In severe cases of red eyes, the whites of your eye may be totally red.

If you have red eyes, in addition to the red color, you might also experience other symptoms such as:

  • Burning eyes
  • Eye itchiness
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye discomfort
  • Sticky discharge from your eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Impaired vision, especially blurriness

While red eyes usually cause additional symptoms like those listed above, milder cases of red eyes may cause discoloration only.

What is the treatment for red eyes?

The treatment for red eyes depends on its exact cause. Your specific symptoms also play a role in determining treatment. If you wear contact lenses, remove them and bring them along when you come to see Dr. Hennen.

Don't use an over-the-counter remedy until you visit Eyecare MPLS. It's easy to develop a reliance on eye drops, and if you suddenly stop using those over-the-counter eye drops after a long period of use, your red eye may return worse than ever.

Dr. Hennen can prescribe a solution such as eye rest, prescription eye drops, change in environment, or other remedies that will work both now and for the long term. 

For treatment of red eyes, call Eyecare MPLS or schedule an appointment online today.

Disclaimer: This information is not comprehensive to cover all your ophthalmology needs. Call the office to book an appointment to discuss your condition with Dr. Hennen.

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