Red Eye Specialist

Rajat Shetty, OD -  - Optometrist

Astoria Park Eyecare

Rajat Shetty, OD

Optometrist & Contact Lens Specialist located in Astoria, NY

Have you ever looked in the mirror only to see two red eyes looking back at you? There are many reasons the whites of your eyes turn red or bloodshot, some of which need medical treatment. Rajat Shetty, OD, diagnoses and treats the underlying cause of red eyes at Astoria Park Eyecare in Ditmars, Astoria. Use the convenient scheduling tool online or call the New York City practice for an appointment today.

Red Eye Q & A

What causes red eyes?

Red eyes, also called bloodshot eyes, occurs when the surface of the eyes become irritated or inflamed. 

Most causes of red eyes aren’t due to underlying diseases but rather from rubbing the eyes, exposure to smoke, sleep deprivation, staring at a computer screen, or chlorine from swimming pools. 

Red eyes are also caused by drinking alcohol or may be caused by medication for a different health concern. Red eyes may also be a result of:

  • Pink eye
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Glaucoma

If you have red eyes, you may need to schedule a consultation with the specialists at Astoria Park Eyecare.

When should I see a doctor for red eyes?

Red eyes are usually not a major health concern that requires a visit to the doctor. But if you find yourself using eye drops regularly, or your eyes are red more often than not, you should call Astoria Park Eyecare. 

You should also call the doctor for red eyes if you experience any of the following symptoms in addition to bloodshot eyes:

  • Sudden vision changes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Halos (rings) around lights
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Severe headache
  • Eye pain
  • Fever
  • Eye swelling
  • Inability to keep eyes open
  • Foreign object or substance in your eyes

If you have a foreign object in your eye you should never attempt to remove it, as it could cause permanent damage to the eye or cornea. 

The medical staff understands the concern red eyes may cause and treats every case seriously to find the appropriate treatment.

How are red eyes treated?

You can treat most cases of temporary red eyes at home with warm or cool compresses applied to your eyes or artificial tears (eye drops) purchased over-the-counter. If you regularly experience red eyes, you may need more than a quick fix. 

If you wear contacts, you may need a new brand of lenses. You may also need to increase water consumption or change your diet. 

If you’re frequently exposed to environmental conditions that dry out your eyes, such as smoke, air conditioning, or wind, you may need to wear eye protection.

Because red eyes may be a sign of eye infection, call the office or schedule an appointment online if your symptoms last more than a few days.