Red-eye is a condition where the conjunctiva or sclera, the white part of the eye, becomes red or bloodshot. The appearance of red-eye may vary from pink to red and is usually caused by an irritant like smoke, dust, chemicals or pollution. In some cases, red eyes may be a sign of a more serious condition or infection. Since the cause for red eyes can vary broadly, you should see your ophthalmologist urgently to rule out any serious complications.

Red eyes can be accompanied by no other symptoms or with symptoms such as:

  • Irritation
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Dryness
  • Pain
  • Discharge
  • Watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision

Red eyes may be a harmless sign but may also indicate a serious eye condition. If accompanied by discharge, sensitivity to light, pain or change in vision, you should see your eye specialist urgently.