Red Eyes

Board Certified Ophthalmologist located in Irvine, CA

Red Eyes services offered in Irvine, CA

Red eyes can serve as a signal that your eye health is off balance. At Irvine Eye Center in Irvine, California, board-certified ophthalmologist Andrew Lee, MD, provides detailed evaluations and effective treatment for red eyes, whether they result from allergies, pink eye, eye injuries, or other causes. Call Irvine Eye Center to schedule an appointment or request a visit online today.

Red Eyes Q&A

What are red eyes?

Red eyes are a common symptom of eye irritation. Your eyes can become irritated by particles in the air or other allergens. If your eye is infected, that infection can cause red eyes, which often come with other symptoms like eye watering or itching. 


Many issues that cause red eyes are acute conditions with little cause for alarm. In these cases, the red eyes will either clear up on their own or respond to easy treatment. However, if you are experiencing vision decline or loss, you should immediately report it to your ophthalmologist. Regardless of the reason, Irvine Eye Center provides the necessary testing to figure out why your eyes are red and how to treat them.

Which conditions cause red eyes?

Many conditions and various circumstances can lead to red eyes. Some causes of red eyes are factors in your environment that cause irritation, while others are diagnosable medical conditions. If you wear contacts, you can get red eyes from misusing or overusing your contact lenses. 


Irvine Eye Center examines your eyes closely to find the underlying cause of the irritation. A few of the most common possibilities are:


  • Foreign bodies (e.g., a stray eyelash)
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Allergies
  • Dry eyes
  • Blepharitis (eyelid inflammation)
  • Stye
  • Angle-closure glaucoma
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Eye injuries


If your eye redness seems mild, try a few relief tactics at home before you visit Irvine Eye Center for professional care. Cool compresses, plenty of hand washing, and limited screen time can all help reduce eye irritation.

How are red eyes treated?

Red eye treatment varies based on the cause or underlying diagnosis. Sometimes the treatment is as simple as removing a foreign body from your eye, while in other cases, treatment is a bit more complex. 


Depending on the diagnosed cause of your eye redness, your treatment might involve:


  • Decongestant eye drops with antihistamine
  • Corticosteroid eye drops
  • Antibiotics
  • Ointments
  • Artificial tears


Your ophthalmologist can advise you on managing your red eyes while waiting for the condition to improve. For example, they might suggest using a clean washcloth to clear up any mucus that has collected in your eye from an infection. 


Red eyes typically mean irritation, which is not only bothersome but possibly contagious. Call Irvine Eye Center for an evaluation or book a visit online today.