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Claudia Jackson (RN)
Dr Adam Abbs
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A red eye occurs when tiny blood vessels beneath the surface of the eye become inflamed making the eyes appear red and bloodshot. It can affect one or both eyes and is usually caused by something irritating the eye.
In most cases, a red eye is not a sign of anything serious and clears up on its own once the irritation is removed. It does not usually cause permanent damage to your eye.
In some cases, red eyes can be a sign of something more serious and may need treatment.
Make an appointment with a doctor if you have a red eye, because a history and examination is needed to diagnose the cause, and subsequent treatment.
Make an urgent appointment with a doctor or call 111 if:
Call an ambulance or go straight to A&E if:
There are many causes of red eye including:
Treatment for red eyes depends on the cause. If your red eyes are severe, accompanied by other symptoms, or don’t get better after a few days, make an appointment with a doctor.
Some at-home treatments for red eye include:
An online doctor can help with red eye by asking about your symptoms and examining your eyes. They can make a diagnosis based on your symptoms, advise you on self-care, prescribe a suitable treatment, and recommend referral if necessary.
It’s easy to book an appointment with an NHS-trained GP at Medicspot. Simply click the link and select an appointment at a time and day that suits you. Appointments are often available the same day.
Your pharmacist can help with red eye by asking about your symptoms and recommending a suitable over-the-counter treatment. They can also advise you on when to see a GP.
A red eye is a common symptom that usually occurs when your eyes are irritated and inflamed. Most cases of red eyes can be treated at home or with over-the-counter medications, but it can also be a sign of something serious. If you have a red eye talk to a doctor and make an appointment today.
Cleveland Clinic: Red Eye January 22nd 2018 (Accessed November 18th 2022)
NHS: Red eye March 21st 2022 (Accessed November 18th 2022)
PubMed: Red Eye: A Guide for Non-specialists April 28th 2017 (Accessed November 18th 2022)
American Family Physician: Diagnosis and management of Red Eye in Primary Care January 15th 2010 (Accessed November 18th 2022)
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