It’s natural for parents to feel a bit anxious whenever they notice their children’s eyes have turned red, but are they truly a cause for concern? It depends on what caused the eye irritation, says vision therapy
experts at the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia.
Why Your Child’s Eyes Turned Red
Pink or red streaks appear in the sclera, or the white part of the eyeball, whenever the small blood vessels under the eye’s surface are inflamed, which, as mentioned earlier, is usually due to external irritation. As such, red irritated eyes are usually accompanied by other symptoms, such as a burning feeling, blurry vision and sensitivity to light.
Several factors, including environmental causes, can irritate the eyes. We’ve listed some of the most common ones below:
- Allergens – Dust and pollen, as well as air pollutants, can trigger allergies that can cause watery bloodshot eyes and a lot of sneezing. If allergies are to blame for your kids’ bloodshot eyes, your children should move indoors.
- Dry air – Just keep in mind that stale, dry indoor air can also irritate the eyes.
- Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays – To protect your child’s eyes from UV rays, make sure they wear sunglasses with UV-resistant lenses outside.
When to See an Eye Doctor
If the symptoms don’t subside soon, you need to take your kid to the doctor for an
eye exam. While red eyes are a common condition, there are a wide variety of factors that may have caused it. Red eyes may be a sign of a more serious underlying condition, such as:
- Eye trauma or injury – Sports eye injuries are a lot more common than you think.
- Eye infections – Curious kids who love the outdoors are at higher risk of eye infections—they might use their dirty hands to rub their eyes, causing serious eye infections.
Remember: When in doubt, it’s best to consult an eye care expert.
The Institute for Control of Eye Myopia offers a wide range of professional eye care services, including vision correction services. To schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained optometrists, you can call us at (301) 363-0060 or leave us a message here. We serve patients in Washington D.C. and Chicago, IL, as well as the surrounding communities.