Red Eyes Specialist

River North Eye Center

Nighat Mona Khan, MD

Ophthalmologist located in River North & Near Southside, Chicago, IL

Red eye occurs when the blood vessels inside your eyes expand due to some type of irritation. As the name implies, red eye makes your eyes red, itchy, and uncomfortable. If you need red-eye relief, rely on Mona Khan, MD, an expert ophthalmologist at River North Eye Center in Chicago, for help. Use the online appointment maker or call today to arrange a visit.

Red Eyes Q & A

What is red eye?

Red eye is a condition in which your eye's blood vessels grow highly inflamed and develop a "bloodshot" look. When you have red eye, your eye looks like a map of tiny red or pink lines, spread across the sclera (the whites) of your eyes. In some cases, red eye can be severe enough to turn the whole of your sclera pink or red.

What are the other signs of red eye?

Besides making your sclera bloodshot or red, red eye can cause other symptoms, including:

  • Burning sensation in the eyes
  • Itchy feeling in the eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye discharge
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Blurry vision

Most red-eye sufferers have at least a few of these symptoms, and you can develop even more of the symptoms if you don't get treatment for your red eye.

Why does red eye develop?

Red eye develops when your eye's blood vessels expand due to irritation. That irritation can happen in several different ways, including:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Staring at a computer, phone, or tablet screen for extended periods
  • Eye infections
  • Smoky environment
  • Dry climate
  • Sun exposure without eye protection

Red eye is sometimes connected to serious eye diseases or conditions like glaucoma, corneal ulcers, and eye trauma.

How is red eye diagnosed?

You'll discuss your symptoms with your provider at River North Eye Center and they'll then do a slit lamp examination of your eye. The exam includes in-depth corneal and retinal examinations as well as a check of your intraocular pressure – the pressure inside your eyes.

How does the doctor treat red eye?

Your provider customizes red-eye treatment based on its cause and your symptoms. Some treatment options include:

  • Eye rest if your eyes are overtired
  • Prescription eye drops
  • Lifestyle changes to avoid allergens
  • Treating any coexisting conditions

Red eye is an easily treated condition that rarely requires surgery. As long as you follow the treatment guidelines, you won't be seeing red over red eye any longer.

When you come to River North Eye Center, your visits are covered by your insurance provider because your provider is a medical doctor. The practice sees adult patients exclusively. Rely on  River North Eye Center to help you through your red eye by booking online or via phone now.