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Red Eyes: Common Causes and Treatments




Feb 1

Red Eyes: Common Causes and Treatments

We all face red eyes at some time in our lives. They can not only prompt questions about how you are feeling, but also can be a sign of something going on with your body or eyes. Red eyes occur when the visible white portion is bloodshot. 

Red Eye Symptoms and Causes

Red eyes can occur along with other issues, such as dry eyes, eye soreness, a burning feeling, blurry vision or sensitivity to light. If you have many of these issues at one time, then it is best to visit an eye doctor to determine why this is happening and what can be done to treat it. If it is a mild case of red eyes without any additional symptoms, it may just be a minor irritation that will go away in a day. But if your symptoms persist, it is best to have them looked at by our team at Trumansburg Optical

Red eyes can be the result of a variety of causes. There are some common issues that will prompt red eyes, including an allergic reaction, irritation from your contact lenses, not enough sleep, digital eye strain or a cold. An eye injury can also result in red eyes. If you have been hit in the eye while playing sports or another accident, we can see you quickly with our emergency services. Worrying over any eye problems can be scary and prompt anxiety. We want you to let us know of your concerns and we can talk you through if you should come in to see us or not. Beyond eye injuries, vision loss, swelling or seeing spots should all prompt you to come see us on an emergency basis. Our team will be there for you on an emergency basis when you need us the most.

Red Eye Treatment Options

When you are experiencing red eyes that do not go away, we will consider the likely cause to determine the best course of action for the treatment. There are many allergy eye drops and allergy medications if your red eyes are spurred by an allergic reaction. If we determine that it is contact lens irritation, then we can discuss what type of contact lenses may work better and if you need to switch to a daily lens instead. While we cannot prescribe something specific for sleep irritation, we can help talk you through some ideas to rest better. If our optometrist determines your red eyes are likely from eye strain, we can go over how to ease that issue during your appointment.

See Our Team for Your Red Eyes

If you have consistent red eyes off and on or they just won’t go away this time, please come visit our offices for a thorough and comprehensive eye exam. Our optometrist will take the time to really dig deep to determine the cause and provide you with the best treatment option. Contact us through our online contact form with questions.

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Dr. Neil F. Henninger

Dr. Henninger has been practicing Optometry in the Finger Lakes area since 1992. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College and a Doctor of Optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry. Dr. Henninger is a member of the American Optometric Association, New York State Optometric Association and the Southern Tier Optometric Association.

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Trumansburg Optical is a family-owned full-service optometric practice offering comprehensive eye exams by Dr. Neil Henninger. We have a wide selection of frame styles to choose from and carry a variety of contact lenses in stock.

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