Red eyes may be caused by any number of things from infections, to allergies or dry eyes. If you have either acute or chronic red eyes it is recommended you schedule an eye health exam to determine the underlying cause of the redness.
Do Not Use Redness Relief Drops
Under no circumstance should you use redness relief drops such as Visine, ClearEyes or Rhoto. While these drops may temporarily relieve symptoms, they do not treat the underlying problem and may cause additional issues. Most redness relief drops contain a chemical called tetrahydrozoline or naphazoline, which temporarily constrict the arteries on the front surface of the eye, making them appear less red. Constriction of the conjunctival arteries also limits your bodies ability to deliver oxygen to the eye appropriately. Chronic use of redness relief drops may actually make your eyes more red due to a rebound effect when the chemical wears off causing the arteries expand larger than normal to deliver oxygen to the eye.
Our eye doctors at EyeTech Optometry, in Frisco Colorado, regularly treat red eyes. They can help you determine the cause and start the most appropriate treatment for your red eyes.
Dr. Ward and Dr Philpy regularly diagnose and treat eye injuries, infections, inflammations, burning, redness, pain, sensitivity, pink eye and remove foreign bodies from the eye.
Our doctors can treat, prescribe medication for and manage many different eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Diagnosis and Referral
For eye conditions like cataracts, retinal tears and retinal detachments that may require surgical or specialized care, our Optometrists provide initial diagnosis as well as referral, co-management and follow-up care in coordination with an Ophthalmologist.
Many eye problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy don't have obvious symptoms in their early stages. Changes in vision are often so gradual that you unconsciously adjust to your sight without realizing your vision has changed. You may think you are seeing as well as you were a year ago and don’t have problems, but you can't be sure until you've had your eyes thoroughly examined.