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Red eyes are an abnormal condition in which the whites of the eyes (sclera) are red.
Red eyes are a symptom of a wide variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions of the outer eye due to allergies, foreign body, infection, inflammation, trauma, chemical burns and other abnormal processes and conditions.
Red eyes can indicate a relatively benign condition, such as staying up late and feeling fatigued or getting a small foreign body, such as an eyelash, into the eyes. Red eyes can also be the result of a moderate condition, disorder or disease, such as dry eye or an infection called conjunctivitis. Red eyes can also accompany serious conditions that can threaten vision, such as uveitis.
Depending on the cause, red eyes can be short-term and disappear quickly, such as when red eyes occurs when a small foreign body, such as dust, is flushed out of the eye by tears. Red eyes can also be chronic and ongoing over a long period of time, such as when red eyes are due to dry eye.
Red eyes can be the result of conditions that cause inflammation, such as scleritis or uveitis. Reds eyes can also result from an eye infection, such as conjunctivitis or herpes simplex. Red eyes can also be a symptom of eye trauma, such as corneal abrasion, foreign body or chemical burns of the eyes. Subconjunctival hemorrhage is another cause of red eyes and is due to eye infection or eye trauma.
Depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition that causes red eyes, it often occurs in conjunction with other symptoms, such as tearing and eye pain. Complications of red eyes vary depending on the underlying cause. For more details about symptoms and complications, see symptoms of red eyes.
Diagnosing red eyes and its root cause begins with taking a thorough personal and family medical history, including symptoms, and completing a physical examination, including an eye examination. An eye examination includes testing pupil response to light, visual acuity or sharpness of vision, checking the sharpness of peripheral vision, and testing the pressure inside the eye. The outer eye is examined using an instrument called a slit lamp, and the inner eye is examined using an instrument call an ophthalmoscope. Another test involves temporarily staining the eye with a special eye drop that makes a corneal abrasion or corneal ulcer visible to the clinician.
A diagnosis of red eyes and its cause can easily be delayed or missed because red eyes may be mild and for other reasons. For information on misdiagnosis, refer to misdiagnosis of red eyes.
Treatment of red eyes involves diagnosing and treating the underlying disease, disorder or condition that is causing it. Many conditions and diseases that cause red eyes can be successfully treated and cured. For more information on treatment, refer to treatment of red eyes....more »
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The following medical conditions are some of the possible
causes of Red eye.
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Treatment plans for red eyes are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the underlying cause, protects vision, and helps to minimize pain that occurs with red eyes.
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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Red eye. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
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This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Red eye. Of the 630 causes of Red eye that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:
The following list of conditions have 'Red eye' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have Red eye or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Red eye based
on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:
Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Red eye, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.
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Symptoms related to Red eye:
Eye pain (475 causes), Eye discharge (34 causes), Eye symptoms (5412 causes), Eyelid symptoms (911 causes), Puffy eyes (158 causes), Eye swelling (121 causes), Hyperemia, Scleritis (16 causes), Conjunctivitis (244 causes), Corneal ulcer (45 causes), Iridocyclitis, Iritis episcleritis, Subconjuctival hemorrhage
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