Red Eye

What is Red Eye?

Red eye is quite common and often nothing to worry about, it often gets better on its own. However, in some instances it can be more serious and may need some medical assistance.

How do I know if I have a problem?

There are several common causes of red eye and symptoms you have might give you an indication of how it was caused.

If you have a bright red area in the white of your eye it is likely this is down to a burst blood vessel. If you have a gritty or burning, sticky eyes there is a chance this could be conjunctivitis. Always, if in doubt you should consult a professional.

What treatment is available?

If your eyes aren’t causing you any discomfort and your sight isn’t being affected, there is a high chance that it is not caused by anything serious. It’s likely it will go away on its own within a few days. In the meantime you should try not to touch or rub your eyes and definitely don’t wear contact lenses.

If you would like to consult a professional, you can visit your local pharmacist and see if there’s any you can do/buy to treat yourself, or if you will need to consult a GP.


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