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Emergency Red Eye Care in Ohio & Kentucky

Eye emergencies can strike when you least expect them, leaving you feeling worried. Don’t panic! Opticare Vision Center‘s team is here to help you navigate any eye emergency. Whether you experience a sudden injury, infection, or another urgent concern, our optometrists are ready to assist you.

What Causes Red or Pink Eyes?

Red or pink eyes, medically known as conjunctivitis, can have several causes. The most common are viral or bacterial infections, which might also bring uncomfortable symptoms like discharge, crusting, and itching. However, allergies, dry eyes, exposure to irritants, and even eye fatigue can sometimes make your eyes appear red.

Viral vs. Bacterial Conjunctivitis

Viral Conjunctivitis

  • Symptoms are accompanied by a cold, runny nose, and sore throat.
  • It is usually mild and resolves on its own within a week.
  • Cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers can provide relief.

Bacterial Conjunctivitis

  • Causes thick, crusty discharge, especially in the morning.
  • It can be more painful and require antibiotic eye drops.
  • Prompt medical attention is needed to prevent complications.

Other Red Eye Causes

  • Corneal Abrasion: This is a scratch on the cornea, often caused by foreign objects like dust or contact lenses. Symptoms include sharp pain, light sensitivity, and watery eyes. It requires immediate care to prevent scarring and infection.
  • Uveitis: This is characterized by inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye. Common symptoms include blurred vision, floaters, eye pain, and light sensitivity.

When Should You See an Eye Doctor?

Certain cases of red eyes require immediate medical attention. Contact Opticare Vision Center for assistance if you experience:

  • Severe pain that interferes with daily activities or sleep
  • Vision changes, like blurred vision, sensitivity to light, or halos around lights
  • Sudden redness and pain, especially in one eye
  • Discharge from the eye

Tips for Red Eye Prevention

  1. Wash your hands often, especially before touching your eyes.
  2. Avoid sharing makeup and personal items like towels.
  3. Replace contact lenses regularly and clean them properly.
  4. Wear protective eyewear when working with dust or chemicals.
  5. Get regular eye exams to stay ahead of any potential problems.

Experiencing red eyes? We’re here to help! Call Opticare Vision Center to schedule an appointment.

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