Red Eye

The sclera is the white part of your eye. If the white of your eye is red, you should schedule an appointment at Atlantic EyeCare in Virginia Beach. This issue could be something minor or something serious and should be checked by our eye doctor.

Woman's eye with red veins

Environmental Causes

Certain things in the environment can cause eye redness and irritation. These include:

  • Dust
  • Airborne allergens
  • Air pollution
  • Dry air
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Airborne fumes
  • Chemical exposure, such as chlorine in a swimming pool
  • Overexposure to the sunlight

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes do not produce enough natural tears of good quality to keep your eyes lubricated. This condition causes several symptoms that are uncomfortable and can affect your vision. Eye redness is one of the symptoms.

Eye Allergies

If you are exposed to an allergen such as pet dander, your eyes can become red and irritated.

Pink Eye

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which covers the white part of the eye. This condition causes a gritty sensation in the eye, itching, and redness of the eye. It can also cause a discharge that forms a crust on your eyelashes while you sleep.

Eye Trauma or Injury

If you sustain an eye injury or trauma, it can cause redness of the eye. An eye trauma or injury can cause serious issues such as a detached retina and should be immediately checked by an eye doctor.

Wearing Contact Lenses

If you forget to take your contacts out at night or if you wear them too long during the day, your eyes can become irritated. This can cause mild pain, watery eyes, and eye redness. Removing your contacts could relieve your red eyes.

Digital Eye Strain

In today's technological society, digital eye strain is very common. It can occur if you spend too much time in front of a computer, your cellphone, or tablet without taking frequent breaks. Digital eyestrain causes eye redness, watery eyes, and aching around the eyes.

Angle-Closure Glaucoma

Angle-closure glaucoma occurs when the eye's drainage system becomes clogged, and the fluid cannot drain. This causes a rapid increase in eye pressure and severe symptoms. They include:

  • Severe eye pain
  • Severe headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Eye redness
  • Blurry vision

This is a serious condition that needs to be treated immediately.

LASIK Surgery

LASIK surgery is a laser surgical procedure that reshapes your cornea, correcting your refractive errors. It can take up to a week to heal completely from LASIK surgery. Eye redness is common during the healing process.

Get Quality Eye Care in Virginia Beach, VA

If you have red eyes, schedule an appointment at Atlantic EyeCare in Virginia Beach. Dr. Seim will perform an eye exam to determine the cause of your red eyes and treat the condition. Call us today at (757) 340-7070 to schedule an appointment.


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