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Ami Shah Vira, MD

Ami Shah Vira, MD (Ophthalmology)

Dr. Shah Vira grew up in Arizona. She moved to Chicago to complete a combined engineering and medical program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Chicago Medical School. She completed a highly competitive two year dual fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology and Oculoplastic at the highly regarded Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Shah Vira specializes in surgical correction of the eyelids and eyebrows, eyelid malposition and tumors, excessive tearing, and conditions involving the orbit.

Masashi Mimura, MD

Masashi Mimura, MD (Ophthalmology)

Dr. Mimura Graduated from the Osaka Medical College and obtained his ophthalmologist certification in 2007. He opened an outpatient clinic for oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery at Osaka Kaijo Hospital. Subsequently, he was appointed as the assistant professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, Osaka Medical College, in 2014. He then served an international fellowship at the Department of Ophthalmology/Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery, California State University, San Diego. Since then, he has been appointed as Lecturer in the Departments of Ophthalmology at Osaka Medical College and Toho University Medical Center Sakura Hospital. Dr. Mimura is currently the Director of Oculofacial Clinic Osaka, where he specializes in Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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  • Redness in the eyes

  • Eyes are bloodshot

  • Redness of the eye

  • Intensely red eye

  • Eyes turning red

  • Red spots in the white of the eye

  • Eyes reddish

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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

Generally, Eye redness can be related to:

  • Pharyngoconjunctival Fever

    This viral infection causes sore throat, red eyes, and fever. Some patients may have enlarged neck glands (lymph nodes). Patients usually recover without treatment.

  • Intraocular Foreign Body

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

  • Uveitis

    A type of eye inflammation that impacts the middle layer of tissue in the eye wall (uvea). Uveitis can be caused by infection, injury, or an autoimmune or inflammatory disease. It can be serious and lead to permanent vision loss, so early diagnosis and treatment are crucial.

  • Corneal Injury
  • Behcet's Disease
  • Allergic Rhinitis / Allergic Conjunctivitis (Including Spring Catarrh)
  • Cluster Headache

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Eye redness may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Acute Glaucoma Attack

    A condition caused by high pressures in the eyeball, more common in people with farsightedness. Persons of Black, Asian, or Hispanic descent are at higher risk. The high pressures can cut off blood flow to the eye. Prompt medical attention is needed to prevent permanent blindness.

  • Endophthalmitis
  • Acute HIV Infection

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

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 or bleeding spots in the white of your eyes?

  • Are your eyes itchy?

  • Do you have headaches or a heavy feeling in your head?

  • Do your eyes hurt?

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References

  • Red eyes- American Academy of Ophthalmology

    https://www.aao.org/eye-health/symptoms/red-eye-3

Reviewed By:

Ami Shah Vira, MD

Ami Shah Vira, MD (Ophthalmology)

Dr. Shah Vira grew up in Arizona. She moved to Chicago to complete a combined engineering and medical program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Chicago Medical School. She completed a highly competitive two year dual fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology and Oculoplastic at the highly regarded Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Shah Vira specializes in surgical correction of the eyelids and eyebrows, eyelid malposition and tumors, excessive tearing, and conditions involving the orbit.

Masashi Mimura, MD

Masashi Mimura, MD (Ophthalmology)

Dr. Mimura Graduated from the Osaka Medical College and obtained his ophthalmologist certification in 2007. He opened an outpatient clinic for oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery at Osaka Kaijo Hospital. Subsequently, he was appointed as the assistant professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, Osaka Medical College, in 2014. He then served an international fellowship at the Department of Ophthalmology/Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery, California State University, San Diego. Since then, he has been appointed as Lecturer in the Departments of Ophthalmology at Osaka Medical College and Toho University Medical Center Sakura Hospital. Dr. Mimura is currently the Director of Oculofacial Clinic Osaka, where he specializes in Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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