Eye Redness

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Ophthalmology

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  • Redness in the eyes

  • Bleeding from the white part of the eye (the sclera)

  • Eyes are bloodshot

  • Redness of the eye

  • Blood in the white part of the eye

  • Red spots in the white of the eye

  • Eyes reddish

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

It is characterized by the redness of the transparent membrane that lines the eyelid and eyeball which may be caused by inflammation or infection.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Dysphagia

  • Unilateral blindness

  • Visual field defect

  • Headache

  • Chest pain during swallowing

  • Repeated fever above 38 ℃

  • Disorder of consciousness

Possible causes

  • Pharyngoconjunctival fever

    This is a viral infection causing sore throat, red eyes, and fever. Some patients may have enlarged glands (lymph nodes) in the neck. Patients will recover without treatment by themselves.

  • Acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis

    Infection of the tonsils and pharynx (back of the mouth), either by viruses or bacteria.

  • Intraocular foreign body

    Intraocular foreign bodies are unintentional projectiles that retained in the eye which require urgent diagnosis. If left unattended, it may lead to vision loss and blindness.

  • Corneal damage

Related serious diseases

  • Acute HIV infection

    Acute HIV infection occurs in some individuals during the first 4 weeks after contracting the HIV virus. The virus rapidly attacks the immune cells and causes fevers, headaches, and sometimes a rash. The patient is highly contagious during this time as the viral load is high. Risk factors for transmitting HIV include unprotected sexual activity and contaminated needle stick injuries(e.g., via tattoos or sharing needles). Rarely, it is transmitted through the transfusion of blood products.

  • Central retinal artery occlusion
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Acute glaucoma attack

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have redness on the white part of your eyes?

  • Do you have red patches in the white of your eyes? Such as bleeding spots?

  • Do you have itchy eyes?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have eye pain?

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Ophthalmology

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