No one likes having red eye. It’s uncomfortable, frustrating, and it affects your appearance. It is fairly common, though, and it’s due to inflammation that causes the blood vessels on the surface of your eye to enlarge. Mild cases may just go away on their own, without any need for treatment. But when it’s moderate to severe, stubborn red eye, you will want to schedule an exam with our eye doctor in Summerlin.
Red eye is a general term that can have various root causes, such as pink eye (conjunctivitis), dry eyes, a foreign object stuck in your eye, corneal ulcers, or even a herpes infection of the cornea. The terms “pink eye” and “red eye” are sometimes used interchangeably, but that isn’t always the case, even though the symptoms are similar and both are caused by inflammation. Our eye doctor in Summerlin will be able to diagnose the precise reason for your red eye and offer you the appropriate treatment options.
Other than the obvious symptom of reddish eyes, there are other signs that you should be aware of because they tend to indicate that the problem is more severe and should be addressed promptly. If you experience headaches, eye pain, hypersensitivity to light, difficulties opening your eye, or nausea in addition to red eyes, call us right away. Our eye doctor in Summerlin should examine you as soon as possible.
Dr. Park will do a thorough checkup and determine the best strategy to employ in order to provide you with needed relief. Among the possibilities are oral antihistamines, oral decongestant, and pain relievers. It’s also important to make needed lifestyle adjustments so that you can avoid recurrence of the problem. You will want to avoid smoke, both your own and others’. It is a known eye irritant, so quitting or at least cutting back will be very helpful. You should also consider eating fish, nuts, and leafy greens for their fatty acids, which help to mitigate both dry and red eyes. Our eye doctor in Summerlin also recommends that you drink sufficient water and get proper sleep. Working together, Dr. Park and you can stop the effects of red eye.