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
Eyelid swelling and inflammation
Increased sensitivity to light
Increased tear production (watery 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:
Mild hives or swelling of a small or contained area of skin
Runny nose and nasal congestion
Sinus pressure or pain
Other symptoms that may occur along with bloodshot eyes
Bloodshot eyes may accompany other abnormal symptoms including:
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 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.