Red Eyes

A bright red area in the white of your eye with no pain or loss of vision is likely to be a burst blood vessel (subconjunctival hemorrhage). This should normally take up to seven days to resolve, however it could be as long as two or three weeks. Use some artificial tears to aid comfort while it heals.

If this red area happens more than once over a period of twelve months, it’s worth going to your GP to check your blood pressure, medication and other health conditions.

If the eye looks more like the image above and feels gritty as well as being red, or stings, with discharge (but no rash); this could be conjunctivitis.

In which case book an emergency eye appointment with us, so we can examine the eyes and determine the exact cause. Alternatively see your pharmacist to get some eye drops, or visit your GP. There are currently no provisions for us to see you under the NHS scheme for such conditions in this area.

Should you choose to be seen privately we will undertake a range of assessments including looking at the front of your eye under a powerful microscope to find out the cause. Depending on the results we will offer solutions that may well include cold compresses, prescribing ocular decongestant and artificial tears, topical antibiotics or corticosteroids.

It may be that the results suggest further investigations in order to rule out a number of other conditions, especially if you have any pain (mild, moderate or severe). Specific suspected infections may lead to an urgent referral.

Some conditions are highly contagious or are related to other conditions, particularly if you are sexually active and may require an onward referral.