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    Inner half of right eye red (5th day)
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    Chris8328 posted:
    Hi,

    Last Friday night I was at my computer when my eyes started to hurt. I just thought it was normal eye strain from looking at a computer screen, until I went into the bathroom and noticed that the inner part of my right eye was really red. It was the kind of red like something got in my eye and irritated it, only nothing did. I used eyes drops and went to sleep thinking it would be gone when I woke up. I was wrong, and it looked worse when I woke up. The entire eye was red (inner part still worse) until I put some eye drops in; it then went back to being only the inner half that was red.

    I've now had this for five full days with no change. I wake up with a completely red eye, put some drops in, and go most of the day with just the inner part of it being red. I looked up some possibilities on the Internet and thought that it might be a subconjunctival hemorrhage, but my eye is not that red. I can still see the individual blood vessels, actually a lot more than normal.

    My vision is fine and there is some itching, but it's mild. The only other symptoms are a mild pain if I try to focus on something and a sensitivity to light. I have no idea what this is and it has never happened to me before. I don't even know what could have caused it because most of that day I was fine, and then it just appeared. Any help understanding what it might be would be really appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Chris
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    Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Howdy Chris, and thanks for posting!

    I'm sorry to hear about your eye. Since it's been going on for five days, I'd encourage you to see your Ophthalmologist to get a diagnosis.

    Red Eye (including Pink Eye) has many causes. Some may need antibiotics or other treatment. Some are contagious, and can be passed to others. That's why it's important to get it evaluated by an expert.

    Let us know how it's doing,

    Byroney
     
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    breauxthomps responded:
    Chris

    I have been searching for info on this as well! I get the same issue on either of my inner eyes every so often when I am staring at my computer screen studying for extended periods of time which is much more often than I would ever like to have it. Regular eye drops have little to no effect for me during these 2-10 day stretches. So far I have not found a quick cure nor do I have any idea on what it is, a pharmacist suggested a special otc eye drop 4 years ago for it but found that to be ineffective as well. IMO I find that the more sleep I have the faster it goes away and also have found that itching my eye worsens and prolongs the redness indefinitely so be sure to never itch that eye. Best of luck (3 years later).

    Breaux
     
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    Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
    A very red eye (localized hemorrhage) with zero discomfort may be a subconjunctival hemorrhage and observation is a reasonable course of action.

    However, if there is discomfort and light sensitivity, the redness may represent external or even internal inflammation of the eye. Thus, it is recommended to see an eye doctor on an expedited basis to determine the cause and treat as needed.


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