Red Eye

Dubuque Family Eye Care

Optometrists located in Dubuque, IA

Red eye is a common ocular health problem that occurs for a variety of reasons, including allergies, viruses, bacterial infections, and foreign bodies. At Dubuque Family Eye Care in Dubuque, Iowa, optometrist Lynn Lester, OD, regularly treats red eye in people of all ages. She also offers same-day treatment for eye emergencies and, if necessary, after hours and weekend appointments. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.

Red Eye Q & A

What is red eye?

Red eye refers to any condition that causes one or both eyes to become red, irritated, and watery. The telltale symptom of red eye –– whites of the eyes that appear red or pink in color –– occurs as a result of dilated blood vessels, irritation, or infection.

Red eye affects people of all ages, from children to adults. It usually isn’t serious, but it can be quite uncomfortable and interfere with your ability to read, drive, or see clearly. If your red eye doesn’t respond to conservative measures, don’t wait to make an appointment with a trusted optometrist like Dr. Lester.

What causes red eye?

Red eye can occur for a wide range of reasons. At Dubuque Family Eye Care, Dr. Lester regularly diagnoses and treats red eye caused by:

  • Allergies
  • Viruses
  • Bacterial infections
  • Blepharitis
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Dry eyes
  • Hay fever
  • Glaucoma
  • Corneal ulcers

You might also experience red eye if you get a foreign body, such as an eyelash or metal lodged in your eye. 

What should I do if I develop a red eye?

Most cases of red eye aren’t serious and respond to conservative treatments like rest, proper hydration, and over-the-counter eye drops. However, if your red eye causes a sudden change in your vision, results in you seeing halos around lights, or makes it difficult to open your eye fully, seek professional treatment at Dubuque Family Eye Care right away.

Stay calm and call the office. When you speak with the receptionist, explain what happened and any unusual symptoms you are experiencing. Dr. Lester can provide you some tips to minimize pain and discomfort on your way to the office.

At Dubuque Family Eye Care, Dr. Lester and the team always set aside time to address eye-related emergencies on the same day they occur. If you or a loved one experiences red eye on a weekend or after hours, they can also accommodate you and make time for a special appointment. 

What is the process for treating red eye?

Treatment for red eye depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. Dr. Lester usually recommends conservative at-home treatments like warm compresses and artificial tears. In serious cases, she might recommend prescription eye drops or prescription medications.

To schedule your red eye appointment at Dubuque Family Eye Care, call the office or book online today.