Red Eye Specialist

Sponsel Eye Experts

Ophthalmology & General Optometry located in San Antonio, TX

Chronic red eye issues might be a warning sign that something more serious is wrong with your eye health. At the San Antonio, Texas, office of Sponsel Eye Experts, the team offers in-depth eye exams to determine what’s causing your red eye condition. Whether you need medicated eye drops to ease irritation or surgery to treat glaucoma, you can get the treatment you need to preserve your eye health. Call the office of Sponsel Eye Experts, today or book a consultation for red eye online today.

Red Eye Q & A

What causes red eye?

Red eye can be a symptom of acute irritation or a more serious medical condition. If your eyes are bloodshot, it means there’s an enlargement in the blood vessels on the surface of your eye.

Bloodshot eyes often develop when there’s not enough oxygen going into your cornea or the tissues that cover your eye. This generally isn’t a cause for concern, but if you have pain, drainage, or changes in your vision, your red eye condition may be more serious.

There are a wide variety of issues that can cause persistent redness in your eyes. Red eye might be a result of:

  • Allergies
  • Dry eyes
  • Glaucoma
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Blepharitis (eyelid inflammation)
  • Iritis (inflammation of the colored part of the eye)

Because some of these conditions can be serious, it’s important that you schedule a diagnostic evaluation with the team at Sponsel Eye Experts.

How is red eye diagnosed?

Diagnosing the underlying cause of red eye involves a review of your medical history and a comprehensive eye exam.

The team at Sponsel Eye Experts, uses the latest diagnostic equipment to thoroughly assess all parts of your eye to check for infections and injuries in children and adults. The team also specializes in identifying and treating serious eye diseases like glaucoma.

Once they understand what’s causing your red eye, your provider customizes a treatment plan to reduce redness and your other symptoms.

How is red eye treated?

Your treatment plan for red eye might involve over-the-counter eye drops that simulate natural tears to improve the moisture levels in your eye. If you have chronic dry eye or an infection, you might need prescription eye drops or oral medications.

If you have a more serious condition like glaucoma, medications or eye surgery might be part of your treatment plan.

When your allergies are causing recurrent red eye, the team at Sponsel Eye Experts, can work with your primary care provider to ensure your allergies are under control. You may need to take antihistamines or decongestants to treat your allergies and reduce chronic eye redness.

If you’re prone to red eye, you can also make lifestyle changes that reduce your exposure to cigarette smoke, dust, and other environmental irritants. Wearing sunglasses that protect your eyes from the ultraviolet (UV) light of the sun can also reduce eye redness and sensitivity.

If your eyes are often red and uncomfortable, schedule a red eye evaluation online or by calling the office of Sponsel Eye Experts, today.