In the event of a wide variety of disorders and problems that could lead to red eye, it is important to assess the other associated symptoms present. Along these lines, vision impairment and pain are the main warning signs that should lead to an emergency visit to the ophthalmologist, as should occasional redness –which is normally relieved by eye drops– that does not disappear after 24 hours.
An ophthalmic examination is essential in determining what is behind red eye and in starting the required treatment, avoiding any possible complications.
Red eye is one of the most frequent reasons for seeing an emergency ophthalmologist and, although it is often due to minor inflammation of the surface of the eye, it could also be a sign of more serious ocular pathologies. It is therefore important to see the ophthalmologist to confirm the diagnosis and assess the degree of severity.