“Why are my eyes always red?”
This is a question our optometrists have heard plenty of times over the years. While some people only get red eye a few times in their life, others experience it on a weekly or even daily basis. Here are three of the most common reasons people experience eye redness:
1) One of the main reasons people suffer from red eyes is undiagnosed allergies. The sclera, or the white part of the eye, will appear red or pinkish if someone is having an allergic reaction. Even a minor allergy can cause red eyes.
2) Chronic dry eyes. If the eyes are irritated in any way, they will appear red in color.
3) Constantly staring at a computer screen or a piece of paper. When people are focusing, they tend to blink less than they should, which results in dry eyes that may get irritated.
If you have prescription eyeglasses, you need to wear them all the time. Avoiding glasses when you have vision problems can lead to red eyes. Glasses will correct vision problems and also keep wind/debris out of your eyes. The less foreign objects and wind that are able to get in your eyes, the better off they will be.
There are numerous things that can cause eye redness, and most of them are simple things that can be resolved without problem. However, if the problem won’t go away with eye drops or over-the-counter medications, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor to make sure it’s not a bigger issue.
Gould Vision has provided quality eye care to thousands of patients. With the persistence of our founder and head optometrist, Dr. Adina Gould, our state-of-the-art Miami Beach facility was completed in August 2009. Our centrally-located office also serves the nearby areas of Surfside, Bay Harbor Islands, and South Beach, Florida.