Red Eyes Specialist

Red eyes are often the sign of lack of sleep or a late night spent with friends, but if you’re tired of constantly fielding questions about your chronically red eyes, there may be something larger at play. At Watson Dry Eye Center, the team of specialists led by Susan Watson, MD, helps their Raleigh, North Carolina, and Triangle area patients get to the root cause of their red eyes. To get relief from red eyes, call or email us at [email protected]

Red Eyes Q & A

What causes red eyes?

It’s not uncommon to wake up with red eyes after a poor night’s sleep or experience angry, irritated eyes when debris gets in them, but chronic red eyes may signal a larger problem. The most common causes of redness in and around the eyes include:

  • Dry eye disease
  • Conjunctivitis, or pink eye
  • Allergies
  • Ocular rosacea
  • Autoimmune diseases, such as Sjögrens syndrome
  • Environmental irritants
  • Styes
  • Keratitis
  • Chalazion (eyelid cyst)

Do you find yourself reaching for eye drops frequently in order to relieve itchiness, irritation, inflammation, or dryness? Then it’s time to see a specialist like Dr. Watson to figure out to get to the source of the problem.

How do you diagnose red eyes?

The team at Watson Dry Eye Center is dedicated to helping their patients find relief from red eyes, which is why they’re a certified tear testing laboratory, a certified inflammatory testing laboratory, and a certified ocular allergy testing center.

What this means for you is that the staff approaches your problem from every possible angle in order to identify the cause of your red eyes using the following tools:

  • Tear film analysis
  • Gland imaging
  • Allergy testing
  • Omega-3 fatty acid analysis

In addition to these diagnostic tools, Dr. Watson can perform a number of wider tests to check for underlying systemic conditions like Sjögrens syndrome, which is often associated with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.

How do you treat red eyes?

Watson Dry Eye Center offers the latest therapies and treatments to help you find clarity from your red eyes. While your treatment depends on the diagnosis, the team has the tools necessary to help you find relief, including:

The goal at Watson Dry Eye Center is to help reveal the whites of your eyes for long-term results.

To get rid of red eyes, call Watson Dry Eye Center or email us at [email protected] to request an appointment.

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