Eye redness

Also known as Pinkeye, Bloodshot eye, and Red eye

In medicine, red eye is a non-specific term to describe an eye that appears red due to illness or injury. The term usually refers to injection and prominence of the superficial blood vessels of the conjunctiva, or sclera, which may be caused by disorders of these or adjacent structures. Conjunctivitis and subconjunctival hemorrhage are two of the less serious but more common causes.

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What causes it?

The most common causes of eye redness are conjunctivitis, conjunctivitis due to virus, and common cold. Other possible causes, such as seasonal allergies (hay fever), are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with eye redness often receive ophthalmic examination and evaluation, other therapeutic procedures on eyelids; conjunctiva; cornea, nonoperative removal of foreign body, ophthalmologic and otologic diagnosis and treatment, other extraocular muscle and orbit therapeutic procedures, other therapeutic ear procedures and diagnostic procedures on eye .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with eye redness include gentamicin ophthalmic, erythromycin, moxifloxacin (avelox), sodium sulfacetamide ophthalmic, tobramycin (tobi), erythromycin ophthalmic, ciprofloxacin ophthalmic, tobramycin ophthalmic, olopatadine ophthalmic, dexamethasone-tobramycin ophthalmic, tetracaine (one touch), ofloxacin ophthalmic and proparacaine ophthalmic .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for eye redness include age 5-14 years, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years.

Age

< 1 years
2.0x
1-4 years
2.8x
5-14 years
2.1x
15-29 years
1.0x
30-44 years
0.8x
45-59 years
0.7x
60-74 years
0.5x
75+ years
0.4x

Sex

Male
1.1x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.3x
Hispanic
1.1x
White
0.9x
Other
1.2x
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