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What Causes Red, Bloodshot Eyes?
Posted Jan, 2013 by Aliveplusvision
Red or"bloodshot" eyes occur when the blood vessels on the eye's surface become enlarged and congested with blood. This happens because not enough oxygen is getting to the cornea or the tissue covering the eyes.
Bloodshot eyes aren't generally anything to worry about, but if you are also experiencing pain and or impaired vision, you should see your doctor incase something more serious is going on.
The causes of bloodshot eyes are numerous and varied and the redness often appears some time after the activity that caused them. Some of the common causes are outlined below.
Bloodshot Eyes That Appear in the Morning - Possible Causes:
- Alcohol or Diet from the previous day or night
- Lack of Sleep
- Skin products used at night getting in the eye (e.g. Moisturisers)
Bloodshot Eyes That Appear at Night - Possible Causes:
- Sun exposure during the day
- Overused or fatigued eyes from computer screen or reading
- Exposure to toxins and or fumes (paint fumes, cigarette smoke etc)
- Contact Lenses
Bloodshot Eyes - Possible Causes that Occur at Any Time:
- Eye infections and other Eye Conditions
- Injuries to the eye from foreign objects
- Other health conditions such as Diabetes, Kidney and Liver Issues, Cold and Flu, Mumps
- Stress, Anxiety and High Blood Pressure
- Allergies and Hayfever
- Dietary Deficiencies
- Dry Air
Treating Bloodshot Eyes
To get rid of the redness, eyedrops are often needed. The type you require will depend on the cause of your particular problem. If the cause is merely from over-use of the computer or from a hangover, you will find that the redness clears itself up with time. However, you can still benefit from using drops as they will lubricate the eye and reduce the redness quickly.
If you suffer regularly from bloodshot eyes we recommend you address the underlying cause if known, or perhaps consider looking at your general lifestyle and whether you are getting sufficient nutrients in your diet. You may also benefit by taking a vision supplement such as Comvita's Bilberry Capsules.
The following section contains information and links to several eyedrops that can help.
Eyedrops for General Redness:
Clear Eyes are soothing moisturising eye drops used to treat eye redness and help relieve minor eye irritation due to swimming, plant allergies (pollen), colds, smog, sun glare, wind, dust and wearing contact lenses. Clear Eyes Drops also provide relief from discomfort associated with overuse of the eyes for activities including reading, driving and watching TV.
Eyedrops for Redness caused by Minor Infections and Conjunctivitus:
Brolene Eye Drops
Brolene drops are for the effective treatment of minor eye and eyelid infections such as styes, sticky eyes and conjunctivitis in both adults and children. Note: If you have conjuctivitus (commonly known as pink-eye), avoid touching the infected area and rubbing your other eye as this condition is extremely contagious.
Eyedrops for Redness caused by Allergys and Hayfever:
Albalon A Allergy Eye Drops
Albalon A Allergy Eye Drops provide relief from the itchy, red and sore eyes caused by hayfever and other allergens including pollen, grass, dust mites and animal hair. Albalon A Allergy Eye Drops use a triple action formula that combines an antihistamine's ability to relieve itchy and sore eyes, a decongestant's effectiveness at alleviating painful, red eyes, and a lubricant's ability to prevent affected eyes from drying out. Eyedrops for Redness caused by Contact Lens: Liquifilm Tears Liquifilm Tears eye drops soothe and lubricate dry eye/s and provide greater comfort and longer wearing time of hard contact lenses. There are many other eye-drops and ointments that can be used, click here to view our full range of eye-drops.
Eyedrops for Redness caused by Contact Lens:
Liquifilm Tears eye drops soothe and lubricate dry eye/s and provide greater comfort and longer wearing time of hard contact lenses. There are many other eye-drops and ointments that can be used, click here to view our full range of eye-drops.
There are many other eye-drops and ointments that can be used, click here to view our full range of eye-drops.