A red eye emergency is a general term for several problems, such as intraocular inflammation, corneal injury or inflammation, and acute glaucoma. Red eyes may seem insignificant, but many serious eye conditions cause this reaction.
Visit us immediately if you experience any of these red eye emergencies:
- Acute angle-closure glaucoma: Acute angle-closure glaucoma occurs when pressure rapidly rises in your eyes because fluid cannot drain properly. Fluid in the eye becomes trapped because the iris pushes forward & blocks fluid from draining, causing a pressure build-up.
- Globe rupture: A globe rupture is a vision-threatening emergency typically caused by blunt trauma to the eye. Significant damage to the eye can lead to vision loss if not treated fast enough.
- Keratitis: Keratitis is inflammation or infection of your cornea caused by bacteria, injury, or another cause. If left untreated, this condition can damage your vision. Visiting a medical professional for treatment can help protect your sight.
Uveitis: Uveitis is inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of your eye. Swelling can occur in different parts of the uvea, placing your vision at risk. Your risk of uveitis increases if you have had previous infections, inflammatory disease, or a history of smoking.