Q. I have redness in my eyes. How to stop it from getting redder?

Answered by
Dr. Asha Barboza
and medically reviewed by Dr. Preetha J
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 02, 2020

Hello doctor,

I am a 16-year-old boy. I have a problem with my eyes, and I had this problem for a very long time. I do not remember when it started. It is gradually becoming worse and worse. They have been red as far as I can recall. They are red throughout the day, even though I drink enough and usually sleep like seven hours. Sometimes I do not sleep enough, or I sleep too much. Randomly they become red. I have gone to multiple oculists, but they all just prescribed some basic eye-drops, which did nothing. This eye problem is also getting worse and worse through time. I want to make my eyes white or at least stop it from growing redder.

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Hello,

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I understand your concern. Red eyes could be due to many factors. Do you have any other systemic symptoms like neck pain, other joint problems, dry mouth, and skin rashes? Do your eyes burn, itch, water, or become crusty in the morning? Some people have more sensitive eyes than others and tend to redden even when water is thrown into the eyes. I would suggest you wear sunglasses when going outdoors or during outdoor activities, swimming goggles if you swim.

  • Take Omega 3 rich food or supplements as it is good for dry eyes.
  • You can try Restasis (Cyclosporine) eye drops thrice daily for a month plus lubricating eye drops like Systane (Polyethylene glycol) three to four times a day indefinitely. Refrigerate the Systane eye drops on the door part of the fridge.
  • Try to reduce screen time and remember to blink as blinking is required for proper lubrication.
  • When eye whitening is required in emergencies, you can try an eye drop formulation containing Ocurest (Phenylephrine, Naphazoline hydrochloride, Chlorpheniramine Maleate, and Menthol. Use it thrice a day. But do not use it regularly. Try these out and let me know how you feel.

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