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Hi Doctor,
One half of my right eye is red since a week. For the past three-four days am using 'Gentamicin' eye drops twice a day. Still the reddishness has not gone. Pls suggest appropriate medicine
Posted Wed, 5 Dec 2012 in Vision and Eye Disorders
Answered by Dr. Kulbir Singh 2 hours later
Hello XXXXXXX and thanks for posting the query
The blood vessels in the white portion of the eyes are enlarged and irritated, causing the redness. If your red eyes are accompanied by a discharge from the eye or you have cold-like symptoms, see your doctor before beginning self-treatment. However, if your vision is not reduced, you have no light sensitivity and you are not in pain, then you may want to try a few home remedies first. Here are a few to try:

1. Artificial Tears: A red eye is often a dry eye. Your eyes may simply be dry and inflamed after a short night’s sleep. Artificial tears are lubricant eye drops. Artificial tears should be applied fairly often, and most people tend to under use them. Try inserting artificial tears every hour for the first six hours, then four times per day for the rest of the week.

2. Cold Compresses: If you can't get to the pharmacy, cold compresses will help to constrict the blood vessels in your eyes. To make a cold compress, fill a bowl with ice and water. Submerge a clean washcloth into the bowl and then wring out the excess water. Apply cold compresses to closed eyes for 5 to 10 minutes, a few times per day.

3. Antihistamine / Vasoconstrictors: If your eyes are red, but are also tearing and itchy, you could have eye allergies. If you can't make it in to see your eye doctor right away, you may want to try an over-the-counter antihistamine vasoconstrictor combination eye drop.

4. Allergy: The most common "treatment" is to avoid what's causing your eye allergy. Keep your home free of pet dander and dust and keep pets off the furniture. Stay inside with the air conditioner on when a lot of pollen is in the air.

Hope I have answered your query and this will help you. Consult your Ophthalmologist and get examined if home remedies not work for you.
Best Wishes and get well soon.
Dr. Kulbir Singh
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