Acute Redness of the Eye

  • Bo HuangEmail author
Part of the Ocular Trauma book series (OCTRA)


Acute redness of the eye may involve the globe, lids, or adnexal structures. It is a very common clinical sign that is often associated with eye emergencies. The three major processes responsible for the majority of red eye cases are subconjunctival hemorrhages, ocular inflammation, and vascular abnormalities. Ocular inflammation accounts for the majority of red eye presentations, whereas vascular abnormalities are the least common causes. Successful diagnosis of red eye cases requires careful differential analysis of all the possibilities, careful examinations of medical and surgical history, and complete ophthalmic examinations. Major anterior segment etiologies associated with acute red eyes are discussed in this chapter.


Red eyes Conjunctivitis Subconjunctival hemorrhage Bacterial keratitis Corneal abrasion Corneal foreign body Dacryocystitis 


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  1. 1.Department of OphthalmologyUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA

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