Almost everyone experiences red eyes from time-to-time, but if your symptoms persist for several weeks or longer, it could point to a more serious underlying health problem. At Marano Eye Care, Matthew Marano Jr., MD, Edward Decker, MD, Sanjai Jalaj, MD, and the team specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of red eyes. Using safe, effective treatments, they can prevent ocular irritation and improve your quality of life. To schedule an appointment at the Denville, Livingston, or Newark, New Jersey, office call to speak with a member of the administrative staff or book online today.
Red eyes are a common, typically benign problem that occurs when the blood vessels in your eyes expand or become inflamed. If the underlying issue persists, the whites of your eyes can change color, water, and itch.
Most cases of red eyes respond to over-the-counter treatments like eye drops and rest. If the condition lasts or interferes with your quality of life, don’t wait to seek professional medical help.
Red eyes occur for various reasons, including:
Allergies occur when your body’s immune system identifies a harmless substance like pollen, dander, or dirt as dangerous. When that occurs, your body creates antibodies, causing your eyes to itch, burn, or tear up.
Dry eyes occur when your tear ducts fail to adequately lubricate your eyes. Common causes of dry eyes include the natural aging process, taking prescription medication, and certain medical conditions.
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a highly contagious viral or bacterial infection that irritates the whites of your eyes and the lining of your eyelids. Pink eye can affect anyone, but it’s especially common in infants, young children, and teens.
Glaucoma is a chronic eye-related health problem that causes fluid to build up at the back of your eye. Over time, this build-up can damage your optic nerve, resulting in vision loss, and ultimately, blindness.
To diagnose red eyes, the team at Marano Eye Care reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and conducts a comprehensive eye exam. They might also order additional tests to determine the quality and capacity of your tear production.
Treatment for red eyes depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. Most cases of red eyes respond to conservative at-home treatments like over-the-counter eye drops, allergy medication, or antibiotics.
If your symptoms persist, or they result in serious side-effects like:
Request an appointment at Marano Eye Care. The team will work with you individually to determine the underlying cause of your discomfort.
To receive treatment for red eyes, request a consultation at Marano Eye Care. Call the nearest location to speak with a member of the administrative staff or book online today.