Red eyes, itchy eyes, sore eyes – they’re concerning no matter the season. But with spring in the air, it’s a good time to learn more about what could be causing your eye discomfort. Here are six reasons for irritated eyes and what you can do about them.
1.) Dry eye
This is one of the most common causes of red and bloodshot eyes. Dryness causes your eyes to become irritated and inflamed, which leads to redness. If you don’t live in a dry climate, dry eyes can also be caused by too much time staring at your computer screen. Artificial tears and other lubricating eye drops can help with dry eyes.
Try bathing and grooming your pets frequently and keep their hair short if possible. Seasonal allergies and dust can also cause eye irritation, another source of red eyes, especially during times when there is a lot of pollen in the air. Avoid dust and pollen, and eye drops and other medications specifically formulated for allergies can also be helpful.
You could be taking certain medications that can cause bloodshot eyes, including:
- Sleeping pills
- Anti-anxiety medications
- Pain relievers (ibuprofen causes dryness and redness by reducing blood flow to the tissue in and around the eye.
As women age, they can be prone to having dry, bloodshot eyes brought on by menopause. Changing levels of hormones cause eyes to be dry, which can lead to redness. Eye lubricants, artificial tears, and hot compresses can all help offer some relief.
5.) Lack of sleep
If you get less than seven or eight hours of sleep every night, it could cause bloodshot eyes. Moisturizing eye drops can provide short-term relief, but a consistent sleep schedule can be the cure. Plus, eliminate brightly lit screens (TV, computer, cell phone) at least one hour before bedtime to help improve sleep quality.
6.) Popped blood vessel
Make an appointment immediately by calling 561.338.7722 if one of your eyes appears bloodshot. When only one eye is bloodshot, you have likely popped a blood vessel and should see your eye doctor ASAP.