Red Eye

General Optometry located in Dearborn, MI
Red eye

Red Eye services offered in Dearborn, MI

Red eye, one of the most common signs of eye irritation, often occurs with issues like dry eyes and eye allergies. Led by Bashir Tarraf, OD, Dearborn Eyecare offers red eye evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment on-site at the Dearborn, Michigan, office so you can quickly have clear and comfortable eyes again. Call the office or click on the online appointment maker to set up your consultation for red eye help today.

Red Eye Q & A

What is red eye?

Red eye is eye redness that can range from dilated blood vessels (bloodshot eyes) to the whites of the eyes turning pink or red. It may affect one or both eyes.


What causes red eye?

The most common causes of red eye include:

Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is an infection within the membrane covering the white part of your eyeball. It causes pink or red-colored eyes along with itching, tearing, and eye discharge. 

Dry eyes
Dry eyes are sore, irritated, and often quite red. Many people experience itchiness with dry eyes, which leads to rubbing and worsening eye redness. 

Eye allergies
Allergies often trigger sneezing, itching, runny nose, and all-around discomfort. They can have negative effects on the eyes, often causing redness and watering.

Many other eye problems can also cause red eyes, such as corneal abrasions, uveitis, ocular rosacea, glaucoma, and corneal ulcers. Wearing your contact lenses for longer than prescribed can also lead to chronic eye irritation and red eyes. 

When do I need treatment for red eye?

If you have slightly red eyes, over-the-counter eye drops may resolve the issue. But if the redness returns, or if you have severe red eyes, call Dearborn Eyecare. 

Persistent eye inflammation and redness can lead to serious eye damage, like corneal ulcers. Fortunately, you can quickly relieve symptoms and prevent complications by contacting 

Dearborn Eyecare when you have recurrent red eyes.

How are red eyes treated?

Your eye care provider at Dearborn Eyecare performs an eye exam and reviews your symptoms to determine the cause of your red eyes. They may perform special tests to measure your tear production or other aspects of your eye function as well. 

After diagnosing the cause of your red eye, your provider prescribes treatments, such as eye drops, lifestyle changes, antibiotics, or eyelid massage, to help clear the redness while correcting the underlying issue.

If you wear contact lenses, you may have to switch to glasses temporarily until your eye redness clears. Your provider can also give you tips and tricks that help you avoid a red eye recurrence.

Do you have red and irritated eyes? Dearborn Eyecare has the answers, so call the office or click on the online appointment maker to schedule your visit with an eye care expert now.