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Dry Eyes vs. Red Eyes: How To Know and What To Do About It

Ever try over the counter drops or home remedies for your eyes, but the condition remains roughly the same? In reality, an eye doctor must be consulted to bring relief. Fortunately, Dr. Jennifer Martino is very familiar with the symptoms of dry eye syndrome & red eyes, and how to treat them. Dr. Jennifer Martino has compiled a brief list of essential points below to help her patients recognize the indications of this uncomfortable and painful eye condition in a more timely fashion, so that they can prevent prolonging the pain and discomfort of this extremely uncomfortable.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome: This eye condition itchy, red, dry feeling eyes that do not get better unless professional medical help is obtained. Doctors generally discuss two broad causes for dry eye syndrome. Either:

  • The eyes don't make enough tears, and the eye cannot be comfortably hydrated

OR

  • The eye produces tears which are flawed. They often lack one or more essential parts normally included in tears to allow them to properly coat and hydrate the eye.

Artificial tears are specialty eye drops that are prescribed for dry eye syndrome because they combat the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye syndrome by imitating real tears as closely as possible. In order for best results, there are many different formulations of artificial tears. Each formulation addresses a different underlying cause of your dry eye. Some artificial tears address the lack in quantity of tears, and others will add one or more building blocks to your tears to help them better perform their intended function.

Red Eyes

Red eyes are generally not as worrisome as dry eye syndrome and you shouldn't worry too much about them. In most cases, red eyes are caused by allergens or foreign substances, which can cause your eyes to become irritated. Small blood vessels throughout your eyes then become inflamed and enlarged, becoming much more visible and turning your eyes a reddish hue. This is where the term “red eyes” comes from.

Many times, red eyes will heal up and return to normal without any medical attention at all. A not of caution, however: The great number of conditions that can cause dry eyes makes it very hard to know exactly what the cause may be sometimes. If your red eyes are accompanied by a high fever, headache and/or a great deal of eye pain, go to the doctor immediately. This note aside, red eyes are almost always minor and should not cause anxiety unless accompanied by these additional symptoms.

Even with a brief but comprehensive explanation such as this, it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between these two similar looking conditions. If you feel your red eyes may be something more, come see Dr. Jennifer Martino today.