Treatments for Red Eyes
Treatments for Red Eyes:
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.
A common cause of red eyes is eye trauma due to a foreign body or chemical burn. Foreign bodies and chemical exposure are treated with copious flushing of the eyes with a sterile saline solution. Some types of foreign bodies may require specialized manual removal of the foreign body during an eye examination.
Eye drops, such as tetracaine, may be used to temporarily stop pain of eye trauma. Antibiotic eye drops or ointments may be prescribed if the foreign body or chemical exposure has caused a corneal abrasion. Oral pain medications are also often needed for a corneal abrasion. Temporarily patching of the affected eye may also be done.
A corneal ulcer is treated with antibiotic, antiviral, or antifungal eye drops as appropriate. In the case of a severely scarred cornea and impaired vision, a corneal transplant may be an option for some patients.
Scleritis and uveitis are treated with corticosteroid eye drops to reduce inflammation and pain medications and other medications.
Bacterial conjunctivitis is treated with antibiotic drops or ointment. Viral conjunctivitis generally clears up on its own within seven to ten days. Allergic conjunctivitis is treated with eye drops formulated for allergies and avoidance of the allergen.
Dry eye is treated with artificial tears in an eye drop formula and lubricating ointments.
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