REDNESS IN EYES
Maybe you’ve swam in a pool full of chlorine? Or perhaps you’ve drunk too much wine or have you rubbing your eyes a little too hard? Any of these factors can dilate the small blood vessels in the conjunctiva of the eyes, which makes them red.
Conjunctivitis acute contagious medical term for red eyes accompanied by a yellow discharge and crusting is a highly contagious infection that spreads very rapidly in schools. Red eyes accompanied by a watery clear discharge and a sore throat are often precursors of a cold.
But the blush comes in all shapes and sizes, such as a small red spot that suddenly appears on the conjunctiva of the eye. This might worry you, but it is usually harmless.
These spots are red as blood vessels that broke out due to a sudden pressure as simple as a sneeze or straining to lift the couch. They occur commonly in older people and disappear in about a week or two. The most serious cause of red eyes is keratitis, inflammation of the cornea that is usually caused by wearing contact lenses contaminated.
Only one rule exists: if your eyes are red, do not rub. If the problem is caused by an allergen such as pollen, friction could trigger the release of more histamine, chemical agent produced by the allergen, the major cause of the redness. Also remember that, whatever the cause, your eyes are red because they are frustrated. The rub will only irritate them more.
Here’s what you can do:
- Refresh your eyes. A cold compress provides relief to the redness caused by a cold virus or an allergen. Dampen a clean cloth in cold water and place it on your closed eyes as you relax for 10 minutes.
- Avoid scented products. To relieve your red, watery, itchy eyes, try to use cosmetics, soaps and laundry detergent unscented. You could have a fragrance allergy found there.
- Artificial tears. Artificial tears counter can relieve redness caused by dry air or places full of smoke.
- Relieve your eyes. In the case of red eyes caused by pollution or pollen, look for drops “decongest” that constrict blood vessels (vasoconstrictor) that control the redness. Some brands contain an antihistamine that counteracts itching and swelling caused by allergies. But use of vasoconstrictors for more than three days might give the opposite effect, because the blood vessels react to drugs by creating an exceptional expansion. Your eyes may be redder than they were. Consult your doctor if redness persists after a day or two of use of a decongestant or excessive flow occurs.
- Take your antibiotics until the end. If you’re suffering from pinkeye, you must take antibiotics eye for a week to 10 days to kill bacteria. To insert drops, gently pull the lower eyelid, face towards the top and drop the drop in the space between the lower eyelid and the eyeball. Close your eyes for a few seconds.
- Do not contaminate anyone. If you suffer from acute contagious conjunctivitis, wash your hands frequently. You could easily contaminate the other eye or someone else. Also change quite often your towels and pillowcases. You also buy the new eye makeup.
- Remove your lenses. A contact lens left in a red eye provides a perfect incubator site for the bacterium. Consult your doctor if redness persists after removing your contact lenses.
- Practice good hygiene. To prevent keratitis, you should clean and disinfect your lenses each time you remove them with a fresh solution. Use only commercial cleaning preparations recommended for soft or hard lenses. Also clean the kit lenses. Never use a homemade solution or saliva on the lens.
- Ventilate the eyeball during the night. Contact lenses worn continuously, even those that are manufactured for this purpose irritate the cornea, causing small tears conducive to infection. Contact lenses also inhibit the action of oxygen and promote bacterial growth. Removing the lenses at night reduce the time that the foreign body passes over your eyes and reduces your risk of infection.
- Beware of lacquer. In the morning, spray hairspray on your hair before putting your contact lenses. And to further reduce risk of infection, use only water-based cosmetics and fat free. Evening, remove, clean and place your lenses in their cases before you remove.