What other symptoms might occur with bloodshot eyes?

Bloodshot eyes may occur with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For example, bloodshot eyes due to dry eyes may be accompanied by irritation or eye pain. Bloodshot eyes caused by infection may include eye discharge, swelling, pain, and red eyelids. If you have other symptoms along with your eye symptoms, be sure to tell your health care provider. This information will help your doctor diagnose the reason for your eye symptoms.

Vision and other eye-related symptoms that may occur along with bloodshot eyes

Bloodshot eyes may accompany vision problems and other eye symptoms including:

  • Bleeding from the eye

  • Discharge from the eye

  • Drooping eyelid

  • Dry eyes

  • Eye pain

  • Eyelid swelling and inflammation

  • Increased sensitivity to light

  • Increased tear production (watery eyes)

  • Itchy eyes

  • Protruding or bulging eye(s) (proptosis)

  • Skin sores or pus-filled bumps on the eyelid

Allergy-related symptoms that may occur along with bloodshot eyes

Food allergies, respiratory allergies, insect bite allergies, and skin allergies can produce a variety of symptoms that may include:

  • Itchy skin

  • Mild anxiety

  • Mild hives or swelling of a small or contained area of skin

  • Postnasal drip

  • Rash

  • Runny nose and nasal congestion

  • Sinus pressure or pain

  • Sneezing

Other symptoms that may occur along with bloodshot eyes

Bloodshot eyes may accompany other abnormal symptoms including:

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Fatigue

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • High blood pressure

  • Symptoms of Graves’ disease (anxiety, irritability, heat intolerance, unexplained weight loss, difficulty concentrating, and goiter)

  • Symptoms of sinusitis (facial pain and swelling)

Symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition

In some cases, bloodshot eyes can indicate a serious or life-threatening condition, such as anaphylaxis, which should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of the following symptoms:

  • Itching in the throat or mouth with hives

  • Severe headache

  • Severe wheezing or severe difficulty breathing

  • Sudden change in vision, loss of vision, blurred vision, or other sudden vision disturbances

  • Sudden eye pain

  • Sudden swelling of the face, mouth, tongue or lips


What are bloodshot eyes?

Bloodshot eyes describe a condition in which the whites of the eyes appear red. Bloodshot eyes occur when the blood vessels in the sclera (the white of the eye) dilate or swell. A variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions can irritate the blood vessels of the sclera and cause bloodshot eyes.

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What causes bloodshot eyes?

Although bloodshot eyes can be caused by relatively mild conditions, such as dry eyes or the common cold, bloodshot eyes can also be caused by serious or life-threatening conditions, such as an anaphylactic reaction or acute glaucoma, both of which should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting.

Infectious causes of bloodshot eyes

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