Red eyes or bloodshot eyes are frequently not a welcomed sight. “How to Get Rid of Red Eyes” yields about 260 million results when searched online. So suffice to say, it can be an unwanted sign that could potentially convey something you don’t intend to convey to those around you.
So why do red eyes occur? Red eyes most often are a response from irritation or infection. Irritation can happen in the form of dryness (whether chronic or acute), allergies or exposure to harsh chemicals (smoke or chlorine). Red eyes from infection can occur from different germs inadvertently encountered, whether bacterial or viral. Regardless of the cause, if you’re like most people, you just want those red eyes back to white, no questions asked. So here is your cheat sheet to ridding the redness.
And if you haven’t seen your optometrist in a while (which is considered greater than a year), schedule an eye exam to discuss any concerns you may have with your eyes, including chronic redness. Your personality should be your defining characteristic, not your red eyes!
Dr. Jen Wademan, Optometrist and owner of Bidwell Optometry. www.drjenwademan.com