Red Eyes Specialist

Cirino Eye Center

Anthony J Cirino, D.O.

Ophthalmology & Cataract Surgeon & Board-Certified Comprehensive Ophthalmologist located in Brunswick, OH

You can develop red eyes from a number of causes. Though red eyes may not be considered an urgent eye condition, it may be a symptom of an underlying disease. At Cirino Eye Center in Brunswick, Ohio, Anthony Cirino, DO, performs comprehensive eye exams using the most advanced tools and techniques to determine the cause of your red eyes. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Red Eyes Q & A

What are red eyes?

Red eyes occur when the white part of your eye, the sclera, appears red or bloodshot. With red eyes, your sclera may have noticeable red squiggly lines or appear completely red or pink. 

Though red eyes aren’t as serious a medical concern as vision changes or eye pain, you shouldn’t ignore the symptom, especially if it doesn’t improve over time, or if the redness worsens.

Dr. Cirino can help find the underlying cause of your red eyes and provide the most effective treatment. 

What causes red eyes?

You can develop red eyes from many causes. The condition may affect one or both of your eyes. Common causes include:

  • Allergies
  • Eye fatigue
  • Dry eyes
  • Pink eye or other eye infection
  • Glaucoma
  • Digital eyestrain
  • Trauma or eye injury
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Subconjunctival hemorrhage (bright red spot)
  • Blepharitis

You may also develop red eyes following eye surgery. 

Red eyes may also be a symptom of acute glaucoma, or closed-angle glaucoma. In addition to the redness, this serious eye condition may cause headaches, eye pain, and vision changes and requires emergency medical care to prevent permanent vision loss. 

What happens during an evaluation for red eyes?

When you visit Cirino Eye Center with concerns about red eyes, Dr. Cirino conducts a comprehensive eye exam to determine the underlying cause.

During your evaluation, he first reviews your health and medical history and then performs a vision exam. He may then dilate your pupils to assess the health and structure of your eyes to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.

He may also screen for various eye conditions such as glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration.

How are red eyes treated?

Dr. Cirino develops personalized treatment plans for red eyes based on the underlying cause. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Lifestyle changes to decrease eye fatigue and digital eyestrain
  • Eye drops to treat dry eyes or glaucoma
  • Antibiotic to treat infection
  • Anti-inflammatory to reduce redness and inflammation
  • Break from contact lens use

For a serious eye condition, such as acute glaucoma, Dr. Cirino may perform eye surgery to address the underlying cause of your red eyes to improve eye health and prevent vision changes. 

Your red eyes may be a symptom of more than not getting enough sleep. To get a diagnosis and treatment, call Cirino Eye Center or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.