Surely you have looked in the mirror at some time and you have seen that you have red veins in the white part of your eyes. Although the presence of red lines in the eyes can be alarming, this problem does not represent any health risk and usually disappears spontaneously. 

Red veins in the eyes can appear for various reasons. In most cases, the origin of this symptom is the difficulty to see correctly at a certain distance. The visual fatigue and toxic substances, such as tobacco smoke, are also associated with the appearance of blood vessels. 

Do you want to know how serious it is to have red veins in your eyes? In Área Oftalmológica Avanzada We explain it to you.

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Why do I have red veins in my eyes?

La sclera is the white part of the eye, a fibrous layer that extends from the cornea until optic nerve. This part of the eye is protected by a thin, transparent membrane called the conjunctiva

The sclera is composed of the following layers

  • Fucsa foil: this is the innermost part of the sclera, and is located next to the choroid. In the fuchsia lamina are found many blood vessels they are responsible for feeding the inner part of the eye. 
  • Fibrous: this layer is called fibrous because it is composed mostly of collagen fibers.
  • Episclera: It is the outermost layer that helps the eyeball slide properly. 

The sclera is the only tissue in the entire human body in which blood vessels can be seen with the naked eye. Any inflammatory process in the sclera triggers the dilation of the capillaries and makes them even more visible than they already are. 

Do you have red veins in your eyes? It's totally normal! They are the blood vessels in your sclera. Now, the important thing is to know what has caused your capillaries to dilate and your eye is affected by this redness. 

Risk factors for the appearance of red veins

There are various factors that can cause dilation of the capillaries of the sclera and conjunctiva. Let us know below why red veins appear in the eyes: 

  • Exposure to irritating substances, such as tobacco smoke. 
  • Eye injuries or blows.
  • Spending a lot of time in front of the computer or television. 
  • Read or do some activity in a dimly lit space. 
  • Straining when coughing, sneezing, or vomiting. 
  • Coughing fits 
  • Roughly rubbing your eyes.

The red lines in the eyes too may be more visible due to eye diseases such as

  • Conjunctivitis: is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, the tissue that covers the sclera. 
  • Refractive defects: people with vision defects such as myopia, farsightedness and astigmatism undiagnosed or treated incorrectly, they often constantly strain their eyes to see better. 
  • Scleritis: chronic inflammation of the sclera caused by other systemic diseases. 
  • Blefaritis: chronic inflammation of the Eyelids due to bacteria and accumulation of greasy material on the eyelid margin. 
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How to treat red veins in the eyes?

Red veins in the eyes do not pose a health problem of the ocular structure. These capillaries are responsible for nourishing and oxygenating the eyes. What must be treated is the cause that has caused the appearance of these red lines in the sclera. 

Almost always red veins in the eyes disappear by themselves with the passing of days. Therefore, it is important to wait between 3 and 7 days for the eye discomfort to pass so that the capillaries deflate. 

If one of the blood vessels breaks can produce a subconjunctival hemorrhage. When this happens, we recommend applying artificial tears to reduce discomfort. These hemorrhages, although alarming, do not represent a problem for the ocular structure. 

If red veins in the eyes are a recurrent symptom and the presence of associated ocular pathology has been ruled out, it is important to go to the GP. Dilation of the body's blood vessels is a symptom that is closely related to elevations in blood pressure

Red veins in the eyes are a passing symptomunless they are caused by a more complex condition, such as Blepharitis or the conjunctivitis.

In some cases, the red veins disappear within hours. However, it is important go to the ophthalmologist provided that eye redness is accompanied by other symptoms, such as: 

If you have red veins in your eyes and you have other symptoms, you should see your ophthalmologist. If you do not have a trusted ophthalmologist, we urge you to go to our ophthalmology center Área Oftalmológica Avanzada and make an appointment with one of our specialists. We are delighted to serve you!

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I have red veins in my eyes, is it serious?
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Many times, the origin of this symptom is the difficulty to see correctly at a certain distance. The visual fatigue and toxic substances, such as tobacco smoke, are also associated with the appearance of blood vessels.
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