Red eyes can spark a lot of annoying questions from people wondering if youre sick, upset, or hungover.
But bloodshot eyes can be caused by a bunch of different things. Theyre often a sign of another problemlike dry eyes, too little sleep, or even overdoing it on certain eye drops, says Andrew Holzman, M.D., ophthalmologist and regional medical director of TLC Laser Eye Centers in Maryland.
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Here are 10 possible culprits, and how you can fix them.
#1. CAUSE OF RED EYES: YOUR EYES ARE DRY.
When your eyes are dry, they become irritated and inflamed. Its thatinflammationthat causes the redness.
Dry eye is more common in adults over 50, but it often affects younger people who spend a lot of time staring at computer screens, says Dr. Holzman.
We dont blink as much when we look at screens, which causes dryness, he says.
Other symptoms:Burning, stinging, and a gritty sort of feelinglike something is in your eye.
How to fix it:Artificial tears can moisten your eyes, which reduces inflammation and eases ...