Causes of Bloodshot Eyes

If you commonly get red or “bloodshot” eyes, Dr. Khanna can help you identify the source of the problem. Usually, bloodshot eyes are not a cause for serious concern, but they can occasionally be a symptom of a more serious eye disorder – such as pink eye (conjunctivitis), blepharitis, glaucoma, or corneal ulcers.

The appearance of bloodshot eyes is typically caused by some form of irritation, which makes the tiny blood vessels on the surface of your eye become congested with blood. A number of different factors can contribute to eye irritation, including:

  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Allergies
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Eye infection
  • Overwearing your contact lenses

Some people notice a painless bloody blotch on the surface of their eye, only to have it fade within two or three days. This phenomenon is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage. It can be caused by hypertension, blood thinning medication, heavy lifting, or a sudden severe cough or sneeze. Although this condition looks unnerving, it is generally harmless.

If your eyes seem to have a chronic “bloodshot” appearance, contact The Khanna Institute today or call (877) 254-2662 to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Beverly Hills, Westlake Village, and surrounding areas of Los Angeles.

Written by Rajesh Khanna, MD

Los Angeles Lasik Surgeon Rajesh Khanna MD is a recognized pioneer in Presbyopic Implants for correction of aging eyes. He has popularized Cornea Cross Linking and Intacs forKeratoconus. He is an Expert Cataract, Pterygium Eye Surgeon, A Cornea Specialist he performs Laser Corneal Transplants, DMEK, DSEK and DALK. Rajesh Khanna MD is a well known medical writer. He has published the bestseller "The miracle of Pi in Eye".He is also a columnist for the newspaper Acorn. Dr.Khanna also hosts "Medical Magic". In his spare time he hikes with his family and German Shepard or does yoga. He also plays field hockey and loves swimming.