Red Eyes Specialist

University Ophthalmology

Ophthalmologists located in Hyde Park, Chicago, IL

If you’ve got chronically red eyes, the reason might just surprise you. In many cases, the underlying cause of red eyes is a condition like uveitis, which means you need customized treatment from expert ophthalmologists like University Ophthalmology’s Veena Arun, MD, and Varun Pawar, MD. The office is conveniently located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, so call the office or book your appointment online today.

Red Eyes Q & A

What are the symptoms of red eyes?

Red eyes can include a spread-out network of blood vessels or even redness covering your whole sclera (the white part of your eyes). Usually, the color of your eyes isn’t the only problem, either. Red eyes often go along with problems, such as:

  • Eye soreness or pain
  • Dry eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Burning eyes
  • Watering eyes
  • Eye discharge

If you’re suffering from chronic red eyes, even if your accompanying symptoms are only sporadic, it’s important to find out what’s behind the problem so you can get relief. 

What causes red eyes?

There are many possible causes of red eyes, including:

Uveitis

Uveitis causes irritation within your uvea, the center part of your eye. Eye injury, infection, disease, and a number of other things can cause uveitis. 

Scleritis

Scleritis causes your sclera to turn bright pink or red. Many men and women who suffer scleritis have an underlying autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis. 

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, can develop due to infection or allergies. It typically causes vividly pink or red scleras.

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is eyelid inflammation caused by clogged oil glands. This often triggers red eyes.

There are many other possible causes of red eyes, including ocular herpes, extended contact lens wear, and corneal abrasions. Your University Ophthalmology doctor considers your symptoms and thoroughly evaluates your eyes to determine what’s causing your issues.

How does the doctor treat red eyes?

Avoid over-the-counter eye drops until you can see your University Ophthalmology doctor, because in some cases, those eye drops could worsen your symptoms. 

Your doctor treats red eyes based on the causative condition. Some of the possible treatments can include the following types of medications, in either eye drops or oral form.

  • Antibiotics
  • Antivirals
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Immunosuppressives

Depending on your situation, your doctor may also recommend home treatments like using cool or warm compresses and swapping contacts for glasses.

For particularly severe red eyes, such as those caused by advanced uveitis, you may eventually need surgery like vitrectomy. Your University Ophthalmology physician recommends the most conservative approach that’s effective for your red eyes. 

The University Ophthalmology team can give you red eye relief. Book your appointment online or by calling the Hyde Park office today.