Seeing Bloodshot Eyes?
Are you noticing deep, red veins in the whites of your eyes? Bloodshot eyes can be anything from a minor burst blood vessel to something serious like acute glaucoma.
If your eyes are painless, bloodshot eyes are usually one of two things. It could be a burst blood vessel, which can be caused by something as insignificant as coughing. This will look especially nasty if you’re taking aspirin, which reduces your blood-clotting ability and will emphasize the redness. It could also be conjunctivitis, which is an inflammation of the thin tissue layer that surrounds your eyeball. Both of these conditions could get better on their own, though conjunctivitis may require antibiotics or other treatments.
If your eye is in pain and you see red, though, you could be facing a more serious condition. Iritis occurs when the iris (the colorful area around your pupil) becomes inflamed. This tends to respond well to steroid treatments. Sometimes an infection will cause a corneal ulcer, which can also make your eyes sensitive to light. This condition is more common in people who wear contact lenses or who often get cold sores. A scratched eye can cause pain, too.
Perhaps the most serious condition is acute glaucoma, which can also make your vision blurry or cloudy and may make you feel sick as well. Acute glaucoma can blind you, so this condition needs to be medically treated right away.