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I can't get rid of my Bloodshot eyes

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  • Posted By: ihatemyeyes
  • August 2, 2007
  • 05:08 PM

Hello all,

im new here hoping to find some help. for the past 5 or 6 years my eyes have been constantly blood shot. i always get the question "are you high?" "have you been smoking?" I'm on a computer a lot, but i've had this problem even before i got into computers. I have been using Opcon A and other eye drops for years. Even though they get the redness out, it keeps coming back after an hour or so and i always wake up with really red eyes. Here is a picture of what im talking about


http://img53.imageshack.us/img53/1623/p182xe8.jpg

Now what could be the cause of this? how can i get rid of my problem? I'm so tired of it!

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  • I have had the same issue for years as well, but I am predisposed to occular redness due to allergies. Issue is that being on an anti-histamine and and a cortico-steroid (Nasonex, Rhinocort, etc.) the redness leaves for a short time and then reappears.Was told by optometrist, that the more I use products like visine, the more my eyes will continue to keep getting red and worsen. But because I get tired of the pointing out that my eyes are "really red" I decidedc to keep on using the drops. But by 5:00 PM when fatigue sets in, or if ovelry tired, the redness is truly bad, and they do burn a bit... so the drops are welcomed by my eyes.Not sure if it helps, but I have had the same issue for over 20 years...
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  • i had a optomotrist tell me that today. she said all eye drops do is make the red blood go away in my eyes, then when it comes back, its just as bad. she said the best thing to do is stop using them and it could get better. but i cant do that, i work at a bank all day.
    ihatemyeyes 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • If you have bloodshot eyes, light sensitivity probably is UVEITIS.Generally the treatment is with PREDNISOLONE drops (1 drop 3 times per day) but you must get a precription here in the USA.I recommend that you see and OFTALMOLOGIST, for a complete review.NOTE: sometimes there is an infection, so you need to put some drops with antibiotics, this if you have pus discharge color green or yellow.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 16, 2007
    • 08:24 PM
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  • If you have bloodshot eyes, light sensitivity probably is UVEITIS.Generally the treatment is with PREDNISOLONE drops (1 drop 3 times per day) but you must get a precription here in the USA.I recommend that you see and OFTALMOLOGIST, for a complete review.NOTE: sometimes there is an infection, so you need to put some drops with antibiotics, this if you have pus discharge color green or yellow.And mostly its just permanent without a real cause.
    Verluste 1 Replies
    • August 28, 2007
    • 09:33 AM
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  • I have had the red bloodshot eyes for about 2 years and have complained to my eye doctor many times. He does not seem to care that it bothers me or answer my questions as to why they are bloodshot!He seems more interested in running more eye exams on me every 3 months than answering my question. He had given me a new Rx for my glasses last year and I complained that they just were not working and he ignored that complaint too. The last time I was there, I wouldn't let it go and kept telling him that I either needed new glasses or they gave me the wrong lens, low quality or something and I kept at him and wouldn't shut up.. They ran tests on them and sure enough, they had given me the wrong lens.. Yea! I AM looking for another eye doctor.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 23, 2007
    • 04:59 PM
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  • I think I could give you some help, or at least help you to better understand possible problems .. i have done some research on this problem and I have published it at www.bloodshoteyes.org - the FIRST web site specialising in reoccuring red veins in the eyes - comprehensive guide to causes & treatment of constantly bloodshot eyes. If you have any questions or ideas please post it at http://www.bloodshoteyes.org/forum HOPE IT HELPS ! Hello all, im new here hoping to find some help. for the past 5 or 6 years my eyes have been constantly blood shot. i always get the question "are you high?" "have you been smoking?" I'm on a computer a lot, but i've had this problem even before i got into computers. I have been using Opcon A and other eye drops for years. Even though they get the redness out, it keeps coming back after an hour or so and i always wake up with really red eyes. Here is a picture of what im talking about http://img53.imageshack.us/img53/1623/p182xe8.jpg Now what could be the cause of this? how can i get rid of my problem? I'm so tired of it!
    trulyunlucky 6 Replies
    • October 7, 2007
    • 03:44 PM
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  • Hi everyone, I have had the same symptoms for the longest time, and finally....after years of suffering with bloodshot eyes, red eyelids, eye pressure, eyepain, eyelids itching etc, I found out I have a condition called "Ocular Rosacea" look it up, you will be amazed and saying, "omg thats sounds like me!" I have facial rosacea and 20% of people with facial rosacea (facial redness) have Ocular Rosacea. Google it, you'll be amazed.The treatment is the opthamologist gave me a prescription for Fucithalmic eye drops for 4 months, this is an antibiotic. And its best to start cleaning your eyelids twice a day with Lidcare towelletes (you can get them in a drufgstore) or baby shampoo.The sad thing is, this is a rare disorder. Since my diagnosis.......there is no doctor, pharmacist or anyone whos ever heard of this disease. I find that quite odd........But the internet is loaded with info on this disease. So if you have many symptoms that I have, maybe you have this, especially if you suffer from facial redness.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 7, 2008
    • 08:04 PM
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  • Hi everyone, I have had the same symptoms for the longest time, and finally....after years of suffering with bloodshot eyes, red eyelids, eye pressure, eyepain, eyelids itching etc, I found out I have a condition called "Ocular Rosacea" look it up, you will be amazed and saying, "omg thats sounds like me!" I have facial rosacea and 20% of people with facial rosacea (facial redness) have Ocular Rosacea. Google it, you'll be amazed.The treatment is the opthamologist gave me a prescription for Fucithalmic eye drops for 4 months, this is an antibiotic. And its best to start cleaning your eyelids twice a day with Lidcare towelletes (you can get them in a drufgstore) or baby shampoo.The sad thing is, this is a rare disorder. Since my diagnosis.......there is no doctor, pharmacist or anyone whos ever heard of this disease. I find that quite odd........But the internet is loaded with info on this disease. So if you have many symptoms that I have, maybe you have this, especially if you suffer from facial redness.I have had this same problem for over a year now and its just getting worse and worse. My eyes are much worse than that picture above and they won't get better. My eye doctor has tried many different types of eyedrops but nothing helps. I havent heard of this ocular rosacea but I have all the symptoms that they list.Has anyone else talked to their doctor about this treatment that Stephanie is talking about and what were the results. I doubt that Stephanie checks this forum anymore but I would like to talk to you if I could, I just want these bloodshot eyes to go away once and for all!
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  • I am a 28 year old male. I also suffer from bloodshot eyes, especially when i wake in the morning it looks like i've been smoking weed all night instead of sleeping. This presents a huge problem when you have people to see or work and you don't have eye-drops. I guess this has been going on about 4 or 5 years and it's starting to really pester me. People treat you differently when your sclera isn't bright white like it should be. People assume you are a drunk or a stoner when you may not be. It is incredibly frustrating to have people staring into your eyes not because they are beautiful but because they are trying to determine what is wrong with you to make your eyes so unhealthy looking. People think you're sick and it is a huge detriment to your self esteem. Those of us who suffer from this are entangled in a vicious, destructive cycle because we seek relief in OTC eye-drops when we have red-eyes but this practice is counter-productive in the long run we all know now. Eye drops become almost as an addiction because we relate eye-drops the same way someone does when they apply makeup. It enhances our appearance, even if only for a little while. I look upon babies and even adults my age with envy when i see a bright white sclera and wish that mine would shine that bright but it never does. I'm a black male with green eyes, so naturally people are trying to look me in the eye longer than most people and when they are red, it is not an attractive sight. I never thought i would dislike such a member of my body because of a relatively simple concept: tiny blood vessels showing up where they shouldn't.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 22, 2008
    • 09:12 PM
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  • That is so true (sadaboutthesclera)..I have had the same problem with my eyes for over 6 years now and it has majorly affected the way i feel about myself and when i look at other people who have the shiniest white eyes i feel so happy for them and so sad for myself. My eyes are bloodshot 24/7, when i wake, during the day, during the night i dont even know what it feels like to have white eyes anymore. People always ask me if i am stoned or have i been crying, im just so frustrated. Ive been to Doctors, Specialist you name it. I have also used a tonne of eye drops, including: Visine, Napchon, Patanol and same thing, it takes a little bit of blood away only for it to come back an hour later. Doctors have found nothing of significance that can help me in my problem with red eyes so i guess thats me for life. the red eye girl. and yes people do tend to stare at your eyes and its almost as if you can feel what theyre thinking: man her eyes are real red!, whats wrong with her.people do treat you differently and its so frustrating. I wish it would just go away
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 11, 2009
    • 06:37 AM
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  • A common cause of bloodshot eyes is Vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A deficiency is marked by repeat infections and poor recovery. Visual problems include nightblindness, impaired dark visual adaptation, dryness of the bulbar conjunctiva, chronic conjunctivitis, dryness of the cornea, bloodshot eyes, cataracts, Bitot's spots...) (Source: Recognizing Celiac Disease, p. 76,213. www.recognizingceliacdisease.com) We frequently see this in people with celiac disease. If your eyes are chronically bloodshot, ask your doctor to take a vitamin A level. Then consider celiac disease. It causes malabsorption of nutrients, leading to deficiencies. The treatment is a simple change in diet - no wheat, barley, rye, oats. I mention celiac disease because although 1 in 100 are estimated to have it, diagnosis is made less than 5% of the time. Your physician may not consider a nutrient deficiency, especially if you look well-fed. If he/she dismisses the idea, seek a second opinion. Hope this helps. -Johnwww.glutenfreeworks.com
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  • Hi, Has anybody tried anything like surgery or laser to remove the red vessels???
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  • Y'all should check out the thread red veins in the eyes???. people just like you have been talking about this for years. theres a few in there with the problem of that raised pink nerve thingy that grows over the pupil but most of them are just like you. Like me for instance. I'm 28 and was putting clear eyes in my eyes since I was 15 up until 9 months ago. My dad has the same thing but never used eye drops. he's 60. it doesnt get better. All ive found that you can do is try and lead a healthy lifestyle and get enough sleep. my eyes look WAY better than they did when I was using clear eyes.I used to get asked all the same stoner related questions. Since i quit eye drops my eyes are still red but i dont get the attention. Thats simply because I am not paranoid about it. You look at someone thinking, 'omg theyre looking at me thinking i'm stoned', while theyre probably thinking, 'why is this person looking at me like that? theyre probably stoned'. Seriously tho, in the 9 months i havent used clear eyes I havent had 1 comment! and some days at work they flare up quite red. Just look people in the eye and talk with confidence. I go out to the pub red eyed, get into clubs, drink heaps of beer (yes they get worse) and I still chat up women and pick up. In my case Ive learnt that it wasnt my just my eyes getting me the negative attention it was mostly my attitude.
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  • Do so research on chronic lyme disease - this is one of the symptoms.Many people disregard the possibility of having lyme disease, but according to some reports it is seriously under reported. Also it has been proven that lyme is being transmitted by other insects besides ticks, that often there is no ' bulls eye', and that often the symptoms are mild enough that it is not suspect.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 5, 2009
    • 04:12 PM
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  • Do so research on chronic lyme disease - this is one of the symptoms.Many people disregard the possibility of having lyme disease, but according to some reports it is seriously under reported. Also it has been proven that lyme is being transmitted by other insects besides ticks, that often there is no ' bulls eye', and that often the symptoms are mild enough that it is not suspect.Agree with this post....I had it....only symptoms were slight fatigue and occasional red painful eyes that several doctors failed to diagnose until 2 years into the problem.
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  • Hello all, im new here hoping to find some help. for the past 5 or 6 years my eyes have been constantly blood shot. i always get the question "are you high?" "have you been smoking?" I'm on a computer a lot, but i've had this problem even before i got into computers. I have been using Opcon A and other eye drops for years. Even though they get the redness out, it keeps coming back after an hour or so and i always wake up with really red eyes. Here is a picture of what im talking about http://img53.imageshack.us/img53/1623/p182xe8.jpg Now what could be the cause of this? how can i get rid of my problem? I'm so tired of it! Hello there, colds, viral infections, allergies, lack of sleep or irritation because of some chemical substance may cause blood shot eyes. If the problem is chronic or does not heal in 4-5 days, it may be on account of a bacterial infection or uveitis in which case, you will need to consult an eye specialist. I have some siimple tips to reduce the redness of it, like:Placing a warm wet tea bag over closed eyes for 15 minutes is also said to be beneficialIf your eyes feel dry and sting try using artificial tears to water them .Never pour water directly into eyes.Don't cover the eyes. That raises the temperature around the eyes encouraging bacteria to grow.If you have a discharge that is causing you discomfort, you can make up an eye wash with one part of baby shampoo in ten parts of water. Use a cotton ball dipped in this solution to clean the discharge while keeping the eye closed and most importantly get enough sleep. Your eyes may just be reacting to too much stress and fatigue. :D
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  • This ophthalmologist is a pioneer in the field. There is a procedure that can potentially eliminate chronic red eyes; you can e-mail him with pictures and questions. I hear he's quite friendly. I've heard the procedure costs $3000 or more. I have the same problem and it seems to be worsening as the years pass...I'm just so poor and scared. If you're brave enough, he might be able to help you. There's also a surgeon in California that does the same procedure...not sure about his name but I hear he's an evil money-grubber that charges way more.Good luck friends...I know how you feel.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello all, im new here hoping to find some help. for the past 5 or 6 years my eyes have been constantly blood shot. i always get the question "are you high?" "have you been smoking?" I'm on a computer a lot, but i've had this problem even before i got into computers. I have been using Opcon A and other eye drops for years. Even though they get the redness out, it keeps coming back after an hour or so and i always wake up with really red eyes. Here is a picture of what im talking about http://img53.imageshack.us/img53/1623/p182xe8.jpg Now what could be the cause of this? how can i get rid of my problem? I'm so tired of it! I have had extremely red eyes for over 10 years.. It's all because of eye drops. I started using them because my eyes were itchy from allergies. If I would have known I would become dependent on them and what my eyes would like now I never would have started using them! I never knew there were so many people out there with the same problem. I have been to many eye doctors and they all tell me I just have dry eyes and nothing they suggest or give me helps. Recently I googled eye whitening and found I-Brite eye whitening. It is so AMAZING!!!!! As soon as I can afford it I am most definitely going to have it done!
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  • i havr the same problem and this is frustrateing at first it was just like ok its cool i'll use the visine and i'll be better.. but then i developed a bump on my eye kinda like inbetween the eye lid kinda weird so i quit using visine.. but now working in and around police , detectives correction officers judges and such its really messed up cause yes they are looking at me and like what the f.. he must be stoned .. even co -workers come up and say ***n dude do you have any more of what you on????? its frustratening embarassing and just plain f'ed up.. being the only black male in my dept.. its crazy i cannot go anywhere without putting on sunglasses i always have to have eye drops i am always wondering what they are thinkning ... does anyone have any solution to this ??? please if you do post it up on here i will check this thread ..... the messed up part is when my two year old daughter is looking at me straight in my eyes and i can just tell she is wondering why are your eyes so red!! ........ please help!!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 31, 2010
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  • i havr the same problem and this is frustrateing at first it was just like ok its cool i'll use the visine and i'll be better.. but then i developed a bump on my eye kinda like inbetween the eye lid kinda weird so i quit using visine.. but now working in and around police , detectives correction officers judges and such its really messed up cause yes they are looking at me and like what the f.. he must be stoned .. even co -workers come up and say ***n dude do you have any more of what you on????? its frustratening embarassing and just plain f'ed up.. being the only black male in my dept.. its crazy i cannot go anywhere without putting on sunglasses i always have to have eye drops i am always wondering what they are thinkning ... does anyone have any solution to this ??? please if you do post it up on here i will check this thread ..... the messed up part is when my two year old daughter is looking at me straight in my eyes and i can just tell she is wondering why are your eyes so red!! ........ please help!!! Dear ihatemyeyes, i WISH i'd thought of your userID 1st. It's perfect for ME. I'm completely in your boat, AND yes, I understand that Visine CAN cause this problem in most people, but probably like you, I started using Visine because I was born with red eyes! I saw a photo of myself at only 2 years old and my big corner vein was already there! Tinier to be sure, but there. That vein is what caused me to want to start using Visine when I was only 13 years old. I'm now 42 and gotten to where only the long lasting relief kind works - and only for about 5 hours. My eyes still do look red anyway under office lighting though! There's a thread on here that's perfect for you: http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=817. It talks all about the eye whitening procedure and there's a lot of discussion comparing the two doctors who do it - the one in Korea, as well as, the one in LA. I saw the LA Dr., and he said he would not even perform the procedure on me until I fixed my dry eye situation. I've tried everything from flax oil to fish oil to evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil, castor oil, right in my eyes, thick eye lubrication, prescription Restasis, Prescription lacrisert, permanent tear duct plug, warm compresses, preservative free eye drops, IPL light treatment, and nothing makes one bit of difference! As for your daughter, she must be a very sweet girl to have never said anything to you because most kids do speak their mind on stuff like that. They don't know any better, but as for adults, who DO know better, THEY'RE the ones that constantly feel the need to question my eyes and constantly ask me if I had a long week or hard day at work! Like you, I try to wear sunglasses as much as possible. I wish I could wear them in the grocery stores or at work w/out looking completely insane, although I've started to realize, I look basically just AS insane with my eyes being as red as they are! I've posted some things on that other link, as well as pix of my eyes. They're horrendous. You'll probably feel better about yours after you see mine! I look forward to seeing you on there maybe!
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    • September 2, 2010
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