Catching the Red Eye

What to do if your peepers become bloodshot

(HealthDayNews) -- Using whitening drops too often to clear up red eyes can not only make your eyes redder but can also cause swollen eyelids and conjunctivitis, which is swelling and redness of the tissues surrounding the eye.

Baylor College of Medicine in Houston did a study involving 70 adults who used nonprescription decongestant eye drops one to 12 times daily. Red eyes worsened in 50, 17 got conjunctivitis and three suffered red, swollen eyelids.

For red or irritated eyes, try artificial tears or cool compresses, the college suggests. And don't use whitening drops for more than three days.

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