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Can glaucoma make my eyes red?

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Yes. Sometimes fluid builds up in the front part of the eye, putting pressure on the eye which can damage the optic nerve. It's the leading cause of blindness for people 60 and over. The usual form of glaucoma is generally painless.

An unusual form of acute glaucoma can also cause symptoms such as:

  • Severe pain in the eye
  • Headache
  • Decreased or blurred vision
  • Rainbows or halos in your vision
  • Nausea and vomiting

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Types of Allergies: Eye Allergy.”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Dry Eye.”

Centers for Disease Control: “Pink Eye: Usually Mild and Easy to Treat.”

Mayo Clinic: “Subconjunctival hemorrhage (broken blood vessel in eye).”

Mayo Clinic: “Symptoms: Red Eye.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “What Is Glaucoma?”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on April 16, 2020

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Types of Allergies: Eye Allergy.”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Dry Eye.”

Centers for Disease Control: “Pink Eye: Usually Mild and Easy to Treat.”

Mayo Clinic: “Subconjunctival hemorrhage (broken blood vessel in eye).”

Mayo Clinic: “Symptoms: Red Eye.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “What Is Glaucoma?”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on April 16, 2020

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