Are your eyes red? Many people experience pink, red, bloodshot eyes, and knowing the cause of aggravation is important. Dr. VanDerPloeg & Associates in Cincinnati strives to give complete care to our patients, assuring their eyes are healthy, functional, and comfortable. If your eyes are looking a little bloodshot, we can help.
What Causes Red Eyes?
Your eyes can become red when their surface-level blood vessels expand, giving the whites of your eyes a reddish, or pinkish, tint. Fortunately, red eyes aren’t often indicative of a serious injury. Even benign lack of sleep can cause eye redness. In other cases, a small scratch can produce bloodshot surfaces.
A common cause of red eyes is allergies. Allergy triggers are wide and varied, but most people encounter allergy-related eye issues when coming into contact with pollen, pet dander, mold, or dust. Smoke and perfume can also cause eye aggravation.
Symptoms Accompanying Red Eyes
While red eyes alone aren’t often a cause for concern, you should be on the lookout for several symptoms accompanying red eyes which might indicate deeper aggravation. Specifically, make note of the following symptoms:
It’s possible the tears produced by your eyes aren’t the correct consistency, evaporating too quickly to adequately lubricate your eyes. In some cases, your eyes might not be making tears at all.
When to Contact a Professional
If you experience red eyes for more than a few hours, it might be a good idea to seek professional advice. Even if you haven’t injured your eyes, conditions as mundane as dry eye can cause damage over time. Several specific factors should be answered by a professional, too, such as:
- Burning sensations in the eyes
- Heavy eyelids
- Eye fatigue
- A gritty feeling in the eyes
- Stringy eye discharges
Your Cincinnati Optometrist Can Help
Here at Dr. VanDerPloeg & Associates in Cincinnati, we’re dedicated to our residents’ health. Every year, we help numerous patients find relief from allergies, eye injuries, and deeper health concerns, restoring both vision clarity and comfort.
We serve Amelia, Batavia, and Cincinnati, OH, and we’re always ready to help patients discover any underlying optical issues. Here at Dr. VanDerPloeg & Associates, we do our best to accommodate for your busy schedule. Give us a call at (513) 753-4981 to schedule an appointment and start your journey to better vision today.