December is a month filled with fun and Holiday cheer. It is also a month common to stress, long days, late nights, decorating, cooking, baking, and don’t forget the festive parties…one or all of these can contribute to waking up with bloodshot eyes.
What causes bloodshot eyes? The redness occurs when tiny blood vessels under the eye’s surface get dilated or inflamed. This is usually a response to external irritation.
No one wants to wake up with itchy or watery eyes. Here are a few recommendations to make the red streaks disappear and provide some relief:
Bloodshot eyes should clear up within a few days and up to a week. If your eyes are still red or irritated you may have an eye infection and should schedule an appointment with your family physician or paediatrician. Dr. Shofner recommends seeing a doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
If you have experienced vision changes along with any of the symptoms listed above, an Ophthalmologist can offer a comprehensive eye exam for a more-detailed evaluation. Feel free to contact our vision care providers at Shofner Vision Center if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment at (615) 340-4733 or online. Hope you enjoy the Holidays!