Red eyes are much more common than many people realize. Indeed, It can happen to people of all ages, but especially to senior citizens.
Red eyes can also be caused by dryness of the tear ducts. It’s caused if the tears your eyes manufacture evaporate too quickly. Symptoms include burning sensations in the eye area, blurred vision, eye fatigue and discomfort with your contact lenses.
Red Eyes: AKA Pink Eye
Symptoms can include burning, itching,a yellow or green discharge, sensitivity to light and crust forming on your eyelids and eye lashes.
Glaucoma: It Could Be, Stay Vigilant
Glaucoma happens when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye. This causes pressure and can damage the optic nerve. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness for people in senior citizens, aged 60 and older. here are several symptoms to be aware of:
- Severe pain in the eye
- Decreased or blurred vision
- Rainbows or halos in your vision
- Nausea and vomiting
If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately.
Red Eyes: Treatments
Occasional occurrences of red eye that don’t last long — is nothing to worry about. You can find temporary relief in over-the-counter eye drops, which moisten the eye and can wash out the irritants. Also, decongestants can help reduce the itchiness along with the redness of allergies.
But, keep in mind, all of this is a temporary solution. Long-term use of drops and/or decongestants is not recommended — as it can make the problem worse.
Therefore, if you have persistent eye dryness and other symptoms— as outlined below, call your doctor.
- A sudden change in vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Sudden halos around lights
- Severe headache, pain in the eye, or fever
- Nausea or vomiting
- A foreign object or substance in your eye
- Swelling in the eye
- Inability to keep the eye open