Red eye



Over-the-counter eyedrops called artificial tears or ones containing an antihistamine may help. Avoid eyedrops for red eye (Visine, Clear Eyes) as they may cause rebound redness.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Changes in vision
  • Sensitive to bright light
  • Feeling as if something is in the eye
  • Can't open or close the eye
  • Accompanied by headache, nausea or eye pain

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Lasts longer than a few days
  • Thick or almost continuous pus