One of the most common problems you might experience with your eyes is if they are red, or bloodshot. This is usually caused by an expansion of blood vessels within the eyes, or less commonly, those blood vessels bursting.

Bloodshot eyes can have numerous causes, and everyone will have it happen every now and then. In this article, we’ll briefly go over some of the most common causes of red eyes and potential remedies, if any.

Here are 4 reasons you may have bloodshot eyes:

  1. Allergies

Red itchy eyes are a telltale sign of allergies, especially if they’re accompanied with excessive tear production. This is simply due to your body’s allergy response trying to clear irritants out of your eyes.

The most common causes of eye allergies are pollen, mold spores, and dander – especially pet dander. The remedy here is just to remove yourself from the cause of the allergy, or take some over-the-counter antihistamines if that’s not an option.

2. Dry Eyes

As your eyes dry out, this leads to irritation and inflammation, potentially leading to bloodshot eyes. Most of the time, dry eye is not a serious problem. Just using some basic eyedrops should clear it up.

However, dry eyes can be a symptom of more serious problems. If you have persistent dry eyes and eyedrops don’t help, contact your local Phoenix eye doctor for a checkup.

3. Broken Blood Vessels

If your eyes have taken direct damage, such as being hit in the face, this can easily cause the blood vessels in them to rupture. Activities which cause a lot of blood to rush to the head can also cause this, such as hard vomiting or (occasionally) particularly hard sneezes.

The blood vessels should heal on their own in a few days. If they don’t, or you experience vision problems, contact an optometrist.

4. Conjunctivitis (“Pink Eye”)

Conjunctivitis is a very common disease of the eye, potentially caused by either viruses or bacteria. It’s painful, and easy to spread, but typically non-harmful. Avoid rubbing your eyes as much as possible, and use plenty of hand sanitizer to avoid the chances of spreading it.

If you have pink eye, be sure to visit an eye doctor for treatment. If the cause is bacterial, antibiotic eyedrops will help speed up your healing.

Valley Eyecare Center is here to help! If you have persistent red or bloodshot eyes, please contact us to set up an appointment.