Why Do We Get Bloodshot Eyes?

Why Do We Get Bloodshot Eyes?


When the vessels on the eye swell and become irritated for whatever reason, we experience the phenomenon known as bloodshot eyes. In most cases, it results from harmless circumstances but there are those times when they could indicate serious medical conditions that require immediate attention and treatment.

It's important to know that bloodshot eyes can occur at any time of the day or night, and in any weather conditions. If you find yourself constantly affected by this irritation, then you may want to map out your daily activities to discover the exact point at which your eyes begin turning red - therein you will discover the source of your problem. Keeping a diary may help.

Bloodshot eyes may occur in the morning due to lack of enough sleep; reaction to beauty products used the night before; alcohol consumption the night before and resulting hangover; and even bad eating habits the day before. It could also be a sign that your tear ducts are not giving you enough tears, and your should look at supplementing your natural tears with artificial ones.

If you find that your eyes tend to redden more at night, then you may want to think about why. Perhaps you have over-worn your contact lenses. Maybe you spent too long straining your eyes while driving or in front of the computer. Could you have been in a cigarette-filled area or been exposed to too much sun? You could simply just be exhausted. It's important to recognize when and where you discovered your bloodshot eyes.

If none of these seem to fit then this eye irritation could be a result of an eye infection, the effect of blood thinning medication, stress related, a side effect of cold and flu, a symptom of pregnancy, too much dry air, an imbalanced diet, or high blood pressure. Oh, and if you've just recently jumped out of a swimming pool, then your problem is probably the chlorine, but don't worry, the redness fades soon enough.

Bloodshot eyes could also indicate kidney failure, liver disease, glandular fever, and mumps. Don't worry too much - bloodshot eyes are usually only a cause for concern when the patient is also suffering from eye pain or impaired vision such as blurring, or an increase in floaters.

For some easy remedies to your bloodshot eye concerns, you have a few options, namely: take a nap or sleep in; avoid straining your eyes - that means no television, computers or text-ing for a few hours; keeping away from common allergens; fully removing your make up before going to bed; ensuring to drink plenty of water after an alcoholic showdown; supplementing dry air with a humidifier; or even using cold or hot compresses (warm tea bags, especially lavender or chamomile are great choices). You should know that as long as they do not signal anything more serious, bloodshot eyes are temporary and will usually fade away without any treatment.

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