Red eyes not only look creepy but can cause discomfort. You can find out all about possible causes and tips for prevention here.

Red Eyes: Introduction

  • Reddened eyes can occur in many different forms and, for example, affect only one eye. The cause can be simple overexertion, for example too little sleep, or, for example, conjunctivitis. Often, the handling of contact lenses is also the cause of dry (red) eyes.
  • We will show you what could be the cause behind reddened eyes and how to prevent infection or inflammation.

Red eyes: causes

  • Too little sleep as a trigger
  • Dry air or dry eyes
  • Air conditioners
  • Dust or tobacco
  • Problems with contact lenses
  • Make-up as a cause
  • Conjunctivitis/inflammation by bacteria/viruses
  • Barley grain
  • Cold
  • Bacteria or other foreign bodies in the eye
  • Injury

Red Eyes: Diagnosis

You should have reddened eyes examined by an ophthalmologist if you show further symptoms:

  • Complaints
  • Sensitive reaction to light
  • Visual disturbance
  • Pupils widened or narrowed

In order for the ophthalmologist to determine the trigger for reddened eyes, the following aspects are relevant:

  • Taking medication
  • How many times have you had the case of reddening of your eyes?
  • How long have the eyes been reddened?

Red Eyes: Treatment

  • The treatment of the eyes depends, of course, on the cause of the ophthalmologist’s assessment. If you’ve just overworked your eyes, it can be enough to just sleep more and spend less time in front of your computer or TV.
  • In the case of conjunctivitis or infection, the eyes should be treated against it, for example with antibacterial drops or a special ointment.
  • If there is a foreign body in the eye, you can try to rinse it with water. However, if it is a glass or metal shard, have them removed by a doctor

Red Eyes: Tips for Healthy Eyes

  • Regularly to the fresh air
  • Sufficient sleep
  • Balanced diet
  • Drink at least 2 liters per day
  • Wear sunglasses in hot weather
  • Regularly go to the pension (from the age of 40)
  • Airing and keeping room air moist

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