Red Eyes


red irritated eyes

It’s never nice to look in the mirror and see two red, bloodshot eyes looking back at you. Bloodshot eyes can be a sign of a number of treatable eye problems. To get your eyes bright and white again, it’s important to understand the possible causes and to know when it’s time to visit an eye specialist.

Tired and Mildly Bloodshot Eyes

One of the many signs of a lack of sleep is the appearance of red eyes. Other symptoms include the appearance of dark circles or puffy skin near the eyes. You may also notice the urge to rub your eyes in the morning and throughout the day. These are classic signs of tired eyes.

The most natural solution is to try to get a better regular night’s sleep. This is not only important for your eyes’ health but is also vital for your body to maintain its immune system and recover strength for the following day. As well as getting a better night’s sleep, you can also refresh tired eyes using Optrex Refreshing Eye Drops for Tired Eyes, which can help soothe and revitalise tired, sore, and uncomfortable eyes.

Irritated Bloodshot Eyes

When your eyes are irritated, it’s not uncommon for them to become red in appearance. Many environmental factors can contribute to this bloodshot appearance, including air pollution, smoke and contact with chemicals such as chlorine. There are some steps you can take to avoid these irritants such as wearing goggles in the swimming pool and avoiding smoking areas at a party.

However, many air pollutants such as traffic fumes are simply part and parcel of modern life and can be tricky to avoid. When these irritants come into contact with the eye they can cause discomfort and redness. If you are prone to these symptoms, one option is to carry suitable treatment with you. Optrex Bloodshot Eye Drops relieve the redness caused by minor eye irritants. One or two drops to each eye, no more than 4 times daily can provide temporary relief for the eye redness due to minor eye irritations.

Signs of an Eye Infection

Occasionally, red eyes will be a sign of an underlying infection such as conjunctivitis. When an infection takes hold, the conjunctiva - the thin layer of tissue covering the eyeball and inner surfaces of the eyelids - becomes inflamed (swelling and irritation). This can be accompanied by sticky yellow discharge which may appear on the eyelashes. Symptoms may appear in only one or both eyes.

It is highly contagious and can be easily passed from one individual to another by coming into contact with the bacteria contained in the discharge of the eyes. For this reason, it is very important to practise good hand hygiene at all times and especially when you or someone close to you is suffering from an eye infection.

Treatment isn't usually needed for conjunctivitis because the symptoms often clear up within a couple of weeks. In some[AT1] [SC2] cases, antibiotic eye drops can be used to clear the infection. If the condition is severe enough to require antibiotic treatment, then Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Eye ointment can be bought after a discussion with your pharmacist. This product provides treatment of acute bacterial conjunctivitis in adults and children aged 2 years and over. Treatment should continue for 5 days even if symptoms improve. Do not use for more than 5 days without consulting a doctor. With clean hands, lower the bottom lid of the affected eye, and apply about 1 cm of the ointment to the space between the lower eyelid and the eye. If you don’t get better within 48 hours, talk to a doctor. See your GP immediately if you have experienced any of the following:

  • disturbed vision
  • eye pain
  • sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • inflammation of the eye associated with a rash on face or scalp
  • eyes looking cloudy
  • pupil looking unusual
  • suspected foreign body in the eye
  • intense redness in one or both eyes

Never share flannels or towels as this can cause bacteria to spread and avoid using contact lenses and makeup while experiencing the symptoms of infection. Remember to dispose of any eyeliners or mascaras which may be harbouring infectious bacteria.

Red eyes can be treated by having good night's sleep, using suitable eye drops, or even using eye ointment treatments if required.  Speak to your pharmacist for an appropriate eye care product recommendation.  Always seek advice from doctors or eye specialists if your symptoms become persistent.

 Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Eye Ointment.  Contains Chloramphenicol.  For the treatment of acute bacterial conjunctivitis in adults and children aged 2 years and over[AT3] [SC4] . Always read the label.

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