- Uveitis, which is uvea inflammation
- Corneal ulcers, which are wounds in the outer part of your eye
- Pink eye or conjunctivitis, which is the inflammation of your membrane that coats your eye
- Blepharitis, which is inflammation of the eyelash follicles
Other possible causes
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Injury or trauma to the eye
- Marijuana use
- Eyelid styes
- Scratches on your cornea that are caused by overuse of contacts or irritants
- Bleeding problems
- Acute glaucoma, which causes a quick increase in your eye pressure and which is associated with eye pain and headache. This can lead to permanent blindness
What Could Happen if I Ignore Eye Redness?
In most cases, eye redness will not lead to any serious complications. However, if you notice any changes in your vision, it could signal bigger problems like glaucoma or uveitis.
Untreated eye redness due to eye infections could also lead to permanent eye damage. The infection can penetrate deeper into the interior parts of the eye, which could lead to very serious conditions like endophthalmitis.
What Remedies Can I Use for Eye Redness?
The causes of your red eyes would normally determine how you can treat them. However, some common home remedies that could help relieve your symptoms include:
A warm or cool compress
Soak your towel in some warm water then wring it out. Be sure the water is not too hot because your eye would be sensitive. Put the towel on your eye for around 10 minutes.
A warm compress could help increase blood flow to your eyes. However, if it does not work, you could opt for a cool (not too cold) compress instead. A cool compress could help relieve itchiness and inflammation.
Change contact lenses
If you have chronic eye redness when you wear contact lenses, your lenses might be irritating. This can happen if you have not replaced your contact lenses for a while or have switched to a new brand. It would be best to consult a doctor regarding new prescriptions or change of brand.