What Causes Eye Redness?

Eye redness is a result of irritations or infections that trigger the dilation of blood vessels in the sclera or the white part of the eyes. It may be a common problem, but it can also be a sign of a more serious condition. Read on as your trusted eye doctor from Northview Eye Care discuss the causes behind this symptom.

Dry Eyes

Dry eyes occur as a result of insufficient tear production, which prevents the visual organs from remaining moist and lubricated. Your eyes turn red, become itchy and feel like there is something stuck in them. A short-term solution would be to buy over-the-counter artificial tears to keep the eyes healthy and ensure comfort.

Contact Lens Wear

Wearing contact lenses comes with great responsibility. Following your doctor’s instructions on how to properly wear, clean and store them reduces the risk of complications that may involve eye redness. Before you sleep, don’t forget to take them off. Use only the prescribed lens solution when cleaning or storing your contacts. More importantly, replace your contacts as frequently as your doctor says.

Computer Vision Syndrome

Digital eye strain is a problem among people who use mobile devices, computers or other similar devices for prolonged periods. You tend to blink less as you stare at the screen, tiring out your eyes and causing them to turn red and sore. Practice the 20-20-20 eye exercise to curb this problem. After 20 minutes of screen time, rest your eyes for 20 minutes by looking at an object from at least 20 feet away.


Exposure to pollen and other allergens may also cause the eyes to turn red. Spring is often the time when pollen counts are at their highest, so it’s best to stay inside to prevent irritating the eyes. Then again, mold may be rampant indoors and could do damage as well. Thus, keep indoor humidity levels within 30 to 50%. When going outdoors, be sure to wear eye protection. Do the same when the wind is strong outside.

Turn to Northview Eye Care for your eyesight needs. We can perform an eye exam to find out if there are underlying problems related to your eyes turning red. Call us at (616) 202-1095 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Grand Rapids, MI.