The Red Eye

  • Danielle TriefEmail author


The “red eye” is a common finding in ophthalmological practice. In fact, one study looking at the etiology of visits to an ophthalmic emergency department found that the vast majority of visits were secondary to ocular surface issues causing “red eye,” including conjunctivitis, blepharitis, and dry eye. The “red” or “pink eye” is really a wastebasket term for a myriad of eye conditions, many of which are benign and self-resolving. However, there are a few sight-threatening and even health-threatening conditions associated with “red eye.” Understanding how these conditions present and are treated is critical to preventing complications.


Red eye Conjunctivitis Blepharitis Dry eye Subconjunctival hemorrhage Episcleritis Corneal abrasion Scleritis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Columbia University Irving Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Ophthalmology, Edward S. Harkness Eye InstituteColumbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA

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