Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Redness of the Eye Overview

Another name for Redness of the Eye is Eye Redness.

What is eye redness?
A person with eye redness has irritation or inflammation of the conjunctiva, or bleeding under the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is a thin, clear layer of tissue that covers the white portion of the eye, called the sclera.

What are the symptoms of eye redness?
Symptoms often associated with eye redness include eye pain, eye discharge, eye swelling, eye itching, eye tearing, blurry vision, headache, sensitivity to light, and a foreign body sensation in the eye.

How does the doctor treat eye redness?
Treatment for eye redness may include artificial tears, cold compresses, antihistamines, pain medications, and foreign body removal from the eye. Some may benefit from antibiotic eye drops. All should avoid exposure to smoke, do not rub the eyes, avoid using eye makeup, and do not wear contact lenses until symptoms are gone.

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Last Updated: Sep 20, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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