• Red Eye

    Red Eye occurs when the vessels in your eye become swollen or irritated. Redness of the eye, also called bloodshot eyes, can indicate the presence of several different health problems. While some of these problems are benign, others are serious and require emergency medical attention.

    Red eyes usually are caused by allergy, eye fatigue, over-wearing contact lenses or common eye infections such as pink eye (conjunctivitis). However, redness of the eye sometimes can signal a more serious eye condition or disease, such as uveitis or glaucoma.

  • Drugs Causing Red Eye

    • Drugs containing Benzalkonium chloride, found in some eye and ear drops, sanitizers, and many other consumer products.
    • Drugs containing Thimerosol which is a mercury-containing organic compound widely used in its preservative, anti-fungal, and antiseptic capacity in many consumer products.
    • Amphotericin B, an antibiotic.
    • Anti-ulcer medications, such as Cimetidine.
    • Aspirin may exaggerate bleeding of the eye and usually surgeons recommend discontinuing aspirin for at least a week before eye surgery.
    • Cholesterase inhibitors, often prescribed to those suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
    • Heparin, Coumadin, Anisindione, and other oral anti-coagulants, prescribed to prevent blood clotting.
    • Morphine prescribed for pain.
    • NSAIDS including over-the-counter pain relievers.
    • Pentoxifylline, prescribed for to improve circulation.
    • Venlafaxine which is an antidepressant.
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