Eye Redness-FAQs

Dr. Nithin Jayan
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS, DNB
Last Updated on Oct 03, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1) What are the causes of eye redness?

Redness of the eye and other symptoms are commonly caused by certain conditions that include –
  • Blepharitis – Occurs due to the inflammation of the eye lash follicles along the eyelid and is caused by skin bacteria.
  • Conjunctivitis - Inflammation of the eye surface or the conjunctiva, caused by bacteria, virus or a foreign particle.The condition is contagious, if caused by a bacteria or a virus.
  • Corneal ulcers – caused on the outer surface of the eye by bacteria or virus.
  • Uveitis –It involves the inflammation of the uvea of the eye and is often linked to an autoimmune disorder, certain infections or exposure to toxins.
Other reasons for redness of the eye involves cold, allergies, foreign particles in the eye, acute glaucoma, or bleeding from medications.

2) How is redness of the eye treated?

The key step to managing redness of the eye is to carry out a proper diagnosis at the proper time. Some conditions such as blepharitis, subconjunctival hemorrhage, conjunctivitis, foreign bodies, are uncomplicated and can be managed by a general physician. However, more conditions like Corneal ulcers, endophthalmitis iritis or penetrating foreign bodies must be treated as an emergency and must be seen by a specialist at the earliest. Those who are having problems with their vision, along with eye redness require immediate medical attention. Steroids must be administered only as directed by a specialist.

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