Red Irritated Eyes (WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE RED EYES)


Dr. Bridget: Hey guys, this is Dr. Bridget
Anderson here, eye health expert and founder of BridgetTheEyeDoctor.com. Today, I’m going to talk to you about red,
irritated eyes. Common causes of them, what you should do,
and when you should go see your eye doctor. Dr. Bridget: What are common causes of red
eyes? There’s actually a lot of things that can
cause red eyes, but today I’m going to talk to you about the most common ones. This can be allergies, dryness, an infection,
or inflammation. What should you do if you think you have one
of these four things causing it or what if you’re not sure? If you think it could be allergies or dryness,
you can watch my videos about eye allergies or dryness to see if that’s your problem and
over the counter options to help get you started towards relief. If you think you could have an infection or
inflammation, you really should go see your eye doctor, because those will often need
medication to get better. Dr. Bridget: If you wear contacts, you should
definitely take them out, and that’s probably a sign you should go see your eye doctor as
well. So when should you for sure go see an eye
doctor? If you have discharge, especially if this
discharge is yellow or green in color, or if it came on suddenly, you want to get in. Make an appointment, go get seen. Another reason you’re going to want to go
get seen by your eye doctor is if you’re a contact lens wearer, especially if you sleep
in your contacts or you know you’ve been wearing them a little longer than you should. A really bad eye infection that goes untreated
can become 70, that’s 7-0 times more painful than getting your tooth drilled on without
Novocaine. Dr. Bridget: Another reason you may want to
go see your eye doctor is if you’ve recently been with someone that’s had red or pink eyes. It can take up to a week to start showing
symptoms if you’ve been exposed. Dr. Bridget: Also, if you’ve had a recent
upper respiratory infection or cold, you should go get checked out. Certain viruses can show up in our eyes after
it’s been in your body. If you have an inflammatory condition such
as rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s, that’s another reason to go get checked out, because
those can also cause inflammation in your eyes. And lastly, if your symptoms are getting worse
or if you’re just not sure what’s going on, please go set up an appointment with your
local eye doctor. Get checked out. Let them help you out. Dr. Bridget: I hope you liked the video. If you did, please be sure to hit the like
button below. Show your friends and family, and also subscribe
by hitting the subscribe link. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you guys
in the next video.

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