Red eyes, also called bloodshot eyes, happen to just about everybody. They often go away on their own, but if they don’t, it could be a cause of concern. If you have red eyes that just don’t seem to go away and you live in or around Mandan, Hazen, or Washburn, contact our optometrists at Eyecare Professionals to schedule an appointment. We will determine the cause of your red eyes and provide treatment solutions. Let’s take a look at some of the possible causes for your red eyes.
High Blood Pressure
Blood vessels in the eyes often start to leak when a person has high blood pressure. This causes an almost chronic reddening of the eyes. Getting your blood pressure checked and reduced can help not only your eyes but your heart. Treating high blood pressure not only makes your eyes look better but can save you from a heart attack or stroke.
Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is an infection in one or both eyes that can be incredibly painful and can make trying to see quite difficult. Conjunctivitis can also be caused by allergies. If it has not cleared up in a couple of days, it is time to see one of our eye doctors.
Using Contact Lenses
Contact lenses can bother people’s eyes so much that the blood vessels burst. It could be caused by an allergic reaction to the contacts or the contact lens solution. It can also be caused by a type of conjunctivitis called giant papillary conjunctivitis. The body is basically rejecting the touch of the contacts. This will cause the eyes to be both red and itchy. Speak with one of our optometrists to either find better contacts, better contact lens solution or switch to glasses.
This condition is when the pressure in the eye gets so bad, it damages the optic nerve. If left untreated, it can cause blindness. It is good to get your eyes checked every year to look for the early stages of glaucoma. When it begins, there are often no symptoms. Annual comprehensive eye exams are the only effective method to detect this condition early so that it can be treated to preserve your vision.
Get Quality Eye Care For Your Red Eyes At Eyecare Professionals
If you are suffering from red eyes or another eye health condition, it is time to get the professional eye care that you need. Schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Eyecare Professionals. Call our Washburn office today at (701) 462-8636, Hazen at (701) 748-6533, or our Mandan office at (701) 663-2020.