Why do I have Bloodshot Eyes?

With blood in the eye, there is the appearance of settled blood or bleeding in the front, visible part of the eye.

Blood in Eye may be associated with:

  1. Black Eye
  2. Blepharitis
  3. Conjunctivitis (“Pink Eye”)
  4. Corneal Laceration
  5. Corneal Ulcer
  6. Fungal Keratitis
  7. Glaucoma
  8. Herpes Keratitis
  9. Hyphema
  10. Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

e.g. Pink Eye.

Conjunctivitis is often called “pink eye.” It happens when the conjunctiva is irritated by an infection or allergies. Your eyes are red and swollen (inflamed), and sometimes they have a sticky discharge. You can have conjunctivitis in one or both eyes. Some types of pink eye are very contagious (easily spread from person to person).

How Do You Get Pink Eye?

  • Viral conjunctivitis
  • Conjunctivitis is most commonly caused by the same virus that causes the runny nose and sore throat of the common cold.

Bacterial conjunctivitis

  • Bacterial infections cause conjunctivitis that produces lots of sticky pus in the eye. Some bacterial infections, however, may cause little or no discharge. Sometimes the bacteria that cause pink eye are the same that cause strep throat. Both bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are easily spread from person to person.

Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis can be quite contagious. The most common ways to get the contagious form of pink eye include:

Direct contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids, usually through hand-to-eye contact;

  • Spread of the infection from bacteria living in the person’s own nose and sinuses.
  • Not cleaning contact lenses properly. Using poorly fitting contact lenses or decorative contacts are risks as well.

Children are the people most likely to get pink eye from bacteria or viruses. This is because they are in close contact with so many others in school or day care centers. Also, they don’t practice good hygiene.

Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us:

Specs Direct  |  Professional Affordable Eyewear

20 McIntyre Street, Parow, Cape Town 7500

Tel: 021 939 1020

info@specdirect.co.za

Note: We are contracted to most medical aids

2019-03-29T09:19:50+00:00 April 1st, 2019|Eyecare, General|
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