Undeniably, the most widespread cause for red, bloodshot, itchy, watery eyes is allergies. And probably the cause for dry eyes is the medication you’ve taken for this allergy.
However, there are some other causes for red, bloodshot, dry, itchy, watery eyes. And relief is available beyond antihistamines.
Red or bloodshot eyes will appear red or bloodshot when their surface vessels become enlarged and irritated. Causes for red eyes include:
- sun exposure
- common cold
- allergic reaction
- extremely dry air
- eye strain ~ computer
- conjunctivitis, pink eye
- corneal ulcers, abrasions
- blood thinning drugs ~ warfarin
- glaucoma ~ is an emergency situation
- uveitis ~ autoimmune disorder, infection, toxic exposure
A cause for alarm may be patch of bright red in the whites of your eye. Relax, this is a rather common event known as subconjunctival hemorrhage. It often causes no pain or discharge, and takes about a week to clear up.
Typical causes for your subconjunctival hemorrhageare:
This occurrence may be your wake up call to take action in regards to blood pressure, if that is your case. Pay a visit to your doctor if you also experience:
- eye pain
- impaired vision
- sensitive to light
- yellow/greenish discharge
- bloodshot for more than a couple of days
Some relief remedies for non-medical treatment situations:
- no rubbing, touching
- warm/cold compresses
- homeopathic eye drops
- warm water swab along eyelid
- avoid wearing make-up, contacts
And don’t “share” stuff that touches the eyes, like pillowcases, sheets, towels or eyeliner!
Dry eyes are caused by a lack of tears, which causes you to feel a burning, scratching, stinging sensation. Common causes of dry eyes include:
- bulging eyes
- drooping eyelid
- wearing contacts
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- sun/smoke exposure
- cold/allergy medication
- dry environment ~ wind, air conditioning
Chronic dry eyes can lead to tiny corneal abrasions. In an effort to relieve your dryness try:
- closing your eyes
- use a humidifier ~ winter especially
- avoid smoke, wind, air conditioning
- artificial tears ~ ointments last longer/cause blurry vision
Give your dry eyes a break by closing them for a minute or two periodically throughout your day.
- pollen allergy
- tear duct blockage
- mold, dander, dust
- eye infection ~ conjunctivitis
- environmental ~ smog, chemicals, wind, blowing dust, bright light
Reaching for a OTC antihistamine is an oft method for itchy watery eye relief. A healthy diet approach for possible counter action of histamine over production is increase your intake of citrus fruit (vitamin C) and omega-3 fatty acids. No science in support, nonetheless it will benefit your overall health.