“Red or pink in the eye can be very complicated and very dangerous,” warns Dr Andreoli. It’s associated with a variety of conditions, including conjunctivitis (an inflammation of the conjunctiva, a thin layer of transparent tissue that covers the whites of your eyes and inner eyelids), allergies, or even an uncommon type of glaucoma. (Most often glaucoma, a condition often caused by a build-up of pressure inside the eye, has no symptoms at all.) It’s fine to see your general practitioner first, but if you still have red or pink eyes after 24 to 48 hours, it’s worth giving an ophthalmologist a call. “Something may be more complex than a primary care doctor is able to detect,” says Dr Andreoli.
12 signs you need to visit an eye doctor
If you’re experiencing one of these symptoms, it’s time to make an appointment with your eye doctor.
Red or pink eyes