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What should I do about my red eyes?

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It’s usually nothing to worry about, as long as it only happens every now and then and doesn’t last long. You might find temporary relief in over-the-counter eye drops, such as tear substitutes that wash and moisten the eye. But remember, a reaction to eye drops can actually cause more redness. In that case, you could try a different brand or stop using them completely.

Decongestants can help the itchiness along with the redness of allergies.

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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