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Four possible reasons why your eyes are red

by , 14 November 2017
Four possible reasons why your eyes are red
They say that the eyes are the mirror of the soul. Well, eyes that are bright red with spider-like veins, or red patches are the mirror to your health!

If your eyes are always red, it's a signal that something going on either with your eyes or another part of your body. Keep reading for four common reasons why your eyes are red, inflamed or itchy…

Red eyes? Here are four possible reasons why…

#1: You have allergies
An allergies reaction won’t only make your eyes red, itchy, tender and watery, but also trigger a blotchy type of redness – and this redness only gets worse when you scratch your eyes! “Allergic reactions occur when the body's natural immune system overworks or has an excessive response to a harmless stimulus,” says Dr Jessica Lee, MD, assistant professor of vitreoretinal surgery, department of ophthalmology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. The most common allergens are dust, pollen and detergent.

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#2: You have pink eye

Pink eye, the non-medical term for conjunctivitis, is an allergy, bacterial or viral-induced eye infection that leaves your eyes red, teary, itchy and swollen, according to Dr Lee. While a bout of pink eye rarely becomes serious, it’s highly contagious and can keep you away from work for a couple of days.
 
#3: You’ve drank a lot of alcohol
Having one too many drinks can leave your eyes looking bright red with little spider veins in them the following day. This is how it happens: Alcohol causes the tiny blood vessels in your eyes to dilate so more blood flows through them, says Dr Lee. The more alcohol you drink, the more visible these blood vessels appear against the whites of your eyes.
 
#4: You’re sleep deprived
It’s a no-brainer that when you’re running low on sleep, your eyes tend to be bloodshot. That’s because sleep deprivation can reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches your eyes. The result? The blood vessels in your eyes appear red.
 
If these factors haven’t helped you get a sense of what’s behind your red eyes, it’s a good idea to see an eye doctor pronto.

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