Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Why Are My Eyes Always Red?

Monday, 08 Apr 2013 04:29 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: My eyes seem to be red all the time. I get enough sleep. I have tried using over-the-counter eye drops but nothing seems to help. What else can I do?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Red eyes are often related to some irritation — often from smoke, makeup, environmental allergens, infection, or obstruction. You must see your physician to be screened for more serious conditions such as a tumor or glaucoma, which when left untreated may cause premature retinal damage and blindness.
 
Avoid using over-the-counter eye drops for a few days to allow your doctor to treat the cause of the red eye directly. Occasional use of OTC topical agents is OK sometimes, but regular use may worsen red eye conditions, and delay more specific appropriate treatment.

Have your physician or ophthalmologist evaluate your eyes to provide you with more specific guidance and to be sure you have no underlying condition, a corneal infection or foreign body that may scar your cornea.
 
Always seek professional guidance as soon as possible after an eye injury, flash burns or an abrasion, as early treatment will usually prevent more involved complications


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Dr. Hibberd's advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital work in emergency medicine and surgery.
 
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