Red Eyes Specialist

Urban Eye Care

Jennifer Andrews, OD

Optometrist located in Seattle, WA

Red eyes are a common cosmetic concern that can be associated with allergies, itching, burning, and eye infections. To determine the cause of your red eyes and get help to clear up the redness and any associated discomfort, see Jennifer Andrews OD at Urban Eye Care Seattle. Located in Seattle, Dr. Andrews has more than 25 years of experience providing dedicated and diligent eye care so you can feel comfortable and see clearly as quickly as possible. To schedule an exam for red eyes, call or request a visit online today.

Red Eyes Q & A

What causes red eyes?

The whites of your eyes can appear red when the tiny blood vessels inside your eye become dilated due to environmental or lifestyle factors or different medical conditions. Some of the things that can cause red eyes include:

  • Allergies
  • Eye fatigue
  • Over-wearing contact lenses
  • Air pollution or smoke
  • Dry air
  • Chemical exposure, like chlorine in swimming pools
  • Overexposure to sunlight, especially without UV-blocking lenses
  • Dry eyes
  • Pink eye
  • Eye infections
  • Recent eye surgery, such as LASIK

It’s also possible for your eyes to appear red if you smoke tobacco or marijuana products, drink excessive alcohol, don’t sleep enough, or use digital devices for long periods.

Can red eyes cause other eye problems?

While red eyes are often a cosmetic concern, they can cause other symptoms like:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Dryness
  • Pain
  • Discharge
  • Watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision


Though red eyes aren’t dangerous by themselves, if you’re experiencing additional symptoms or may have a medical condition like pink eye, it’s essential to get treatment at Urban Eye Care Seattle to relieve your discomfort and prevent vision damage.

How can I get rid of red eyes?

If you want to get rid of red eyes for cosmetic, comfort, or medical purposes, it’s best to see Dr. Andrews at Urban Eye Care Seattle before trying any over-the-counter or home remedies that may further irritate your eyes. Some over-the-counter eye drops contain medications like vasoconstrictors that shrink the blood vessels in your eyes and may lead to reliance on the medication if used long-term.

When you have red eyes, Dr. Andrews begins with a thorough eye exam to assess your eyes for signs of irritation, damage, or infection. Her exams are gentle and focused on finding the exact cause of your red eyes so that you can begin treatment right away.

Once Dr. Andrews has determined the cause of your red eyes, she recommends an appropriate treatment regimen to reduce the redness in your eyes and alleviate any other symptoms you’re experiencing. Treatment may include lubricating eye drops, antibiotics for eye infections, or wearing glasses until the redness in your eyes calms down.

Dr. Andrews recommends removing contact lenses and using lubricating eye drops to relieve any discomfort from contact lenses or dryness that are contributing to your red eyes until you can come in for a visit.

Find out what’s causing your red eyes with an exam at Urban Eye Care Seattle, call or click the online tool to book.