It is often said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and many people list attractive eyes as the most alluring part of meeting someone new. Whichever color your beautiful peepers happen to be, red is definitely one that may be cause for alarm. Valley eye doctors see many causes for red eyes, many of which are easily prevented or treated.

Lack of Sleep
Burning the midnight oil doesn’t do your eyes or your health any favors. Eye doctors recommend turning off electronic devices an hour before bed and aiming for 7-9 hours of quality sleep. Turn bright displays away from your bed, close window shades, or wear an opaque eye mask to get the best sleep possible. You will find that your eyes, and the rest of you, will feel healthier and more productive.

Injury or Infection
Pink eye, conjunctivitis, and corneal ulcers or abrasions will often turn the most lovely eyes into a red, gooey mess. Avoid touching your eyes as much as possible, and when you must, be sure to wash your hands first. Be aware of the eye health of others near you, since Pink Eye can spread like wildfire within schools and places of business. Wear protective eye equipment any time you are working with power tools or participating in sports. If you suspect an eye infection or injury, consult eye doctors immediately.

Dry Eye
In some cases, a person may not make enough tears to properly lubricate the eye, resulting in red, irritated eyes. Other causes of dry eyes include airflow or climate control systems at home or work, illnesses, and certain medications that reduce production of eye fluid. Wearers of contact lenses sometimes suffer from dry eyes and should be careful to use the appropriate products to keep lenses clean and moist. For other patients, eye doctors can prescribe drops to improve eye dryness.

Whether you suffer from animal allergies, reactions to pollutants in the air, or seasonal allergies, allergy eyes can mean misery. Many over-the-counter medications help minimize the symptoms of allergies, and eye doctors may give you prescription drops to soothe the redness, tearing and itching that frequently accompanies allergy season.

Your eyes are a sensitive and delicately balanced system that is easily compromised, resulting in redness and discomfort. Consult an eye professional any time you notice a change in your vision or discomfort in your eyes.