Bloodshot Eyes | What Causes Bloodshot Eyes and How to Get Rid of Them | Doctor Eye Health

so what causes bloodshot eyes? in this
video I’m gonna be going over some of the reasons people develop red bloodshot
eyes as well as how we treat bloodshot eyes in the clinic and some of the
things that I think about as an eye doctor when I see somebody with this
condition let’s take a look. hello and welcome to dr. Allen here from the Doctor Eye Health show helping you learn all about the eyes and finding the best vision
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and today we’re talking about a blood shot eyes actually fairly recently a few
weeks ago former Vice President Joe Biden during an actual like live event
he was talking about climate change he actually developed a red bloodshot eye
on screen live and it looked pretty sinister now when this happens we
actually call that a sub conjunctival hemorrhage and then it’s actually we’re
one of the blood vessels underneath the soft conjunctival tissue on the front
surface of the eye one of these blood vessels actually bursts and because of
that front membranous tissue of the eye again called the conjunctiva is actually
clear the blood ends up pooling underneath that tissue and it kind of
looks as just like blood on the eye and yeah this looks pretty nasty
usually when people have this they’re pretty freaked out they’re worried that
something terrible has happened with their eye but for the most part it’s
really just a pop to blood vessel that’s really all it is then one of the blood
vessel bursts and now the blood is pooling so yeah it’s not usually as bad
as it looks Phillip most people who come into the
clinic for one of these bloodshot eyes they actually will say that they rubbed
their eye because there I felt kind of weird and then eventually somebody else
or themselves looked in the mirror and sad whoa with my eyes all red now so it
kind of comes in that question is it red because they poked themselves in the eye
or rubbing it or was it feeling irritated because it was swelling with
blood and then they were rubbing their eye and then they just happened to
notice so it’s kind of one of those chicken or the egg sort of things but
it’s true that by rubbing or poking the eye it just believed that yes you can
burst some of the blood vessels on the eye and that can actually cause this
whole problem in the first place but actually one of the more frequent causes
of having a bloodshot eyes anything causes increased pressure of your upper
body cavity this includes things like coughing sneezing maybe lifting weights
in fact even just bearing down while going to the bathroom can cause this
problem I actually had a gentleman come in who had a really good time the night
before hanging out with his buddies I think they were celebrating his birthday
but he drank too much and he actually vomited and that next morning he woke up
with two bloodshot eyes yes both of his eyes were completely bloodshot and he
was freaking out but yes you can get these bloodshot eyes from doing
something very simple such as sneezing or lifting something heavy but there’s
actually some systemic issues that I actually have to worry about when I see
you in the clinic for this condition most notably is blood pressure so if
somebody has elevated blood pressure then this could actually be an early
sign that they’re having problems so if you’re having this issue and maybe have
a family history of blood pressure issues or you yourself haven’t checked
their blood pressure and wallet you don’t see a regular your family
physician on a regular basis that could be an indication of why you’d have a
bloodshot eye like this and that’s also more of a concern for us because if you
have elevated blood pressure you’re at higher risk of things like heart attack
and stroke so ya need to check the blood pressure now with bloodshot eyes most
people don’t get them that often it’s just once in a while but sometimes
people actually come in there saying hey I’m getting like three or four of these
a month that’s a little bit more concerning for me when I start hearing
that’s happen more frequently that’s when I start ordering blood tests to
kind of rule out other major issues with the blood itself maybe that person is
anemic or maybe in a worst case scenario they could even have leukemia and that’s
cancer of the blood that’s something that we have to be really alert for but
thankfully that’s very rare and I’ve only had to order blood tests for that
maybe like two or three times know when it comes to treating or getting rid of a
bloodshot eye and I mean that a subconjunctival hemorrhage that’s again
that blood pooling underneath that soft tissue of the eye that’s very different
from just treating a red eye that’s caused by dryness or a allergy or
something like that and I do have another video covering more of that
topic if you’d like to see that I will hook that up in a link up here but when
it comes to a true subconjunctival hemorrhage or bloodshot eye doctors
really don’t do much because these naturally resolved on their own
just a couple of weeks usually most people notice the blood starting to
basically resorb into the tissues and the redness will kind of gradually go to
a pink and then sometimes even leave a little bit of a yellow brown spot kind
of like it’s resolving bruise or something like that but in more severe
cases the blood can pool a little bit and that causes swelling and so people
will feel it as they blink and so often times it’s giving an artificial tear
people will use some sort of lubrication on the eye that will help improve
comfort same thing with using cold compresses that often times makes things
feel better as well I can think Philippe for most people when they have these
bloodshot eyes it’s not as bad as it often looks
however if somebody has elevated blood pressure or they’re getting them more
frequent that’s when we start to get more concerned and we start ordering
extra tests so last question of the day have you ever had a red bloodshot eye
like the ones we’ve shown here if so do you know why you had it was it because
you sneezed really hard lifted weights or is there something else going on go
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