The Drs TV: Bloodshot Eyes
James struggled with Bloodshot Eyes throughout his life, with constant red eyes for the last five or six years. He said it’s painful and he’s concerned about people judging him because of the stigma that Bloodshot Eyes are associated with drug use.
The Doctors: Chronic Conjunctival Blood Vessel Surgery
Eye Surgeon Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler diagnosed James with Chronic Conjunctival Blood Vessels. There is a procedure to correct this, and it involves numbing the eyeballs, which sounds like it would be excruciatingly painful. Hopefully it’s a general anesthetic and not a local, right? Nobody likes a giant needle in the eye.
Doctors inserted lubrication plugs to accelerate the healing process. Then Dr. Wachler removed thin strips to separate the bloodshot membrane from the surface of the eye. James said he had no pain, while his doctor compared slicing off part of his eye to peeling a layer off the onion. He said the body will regenerate a new membrane. The surgery also cleared up brown a sunspot on his eye.
The Doctors: Kids Sunglasses & Sun Damage
James and Dr. Wachler joined Dr. Travis Stork for an in-studio update. James said the transformation was like night and day. Dr. Wachler said this was caused by years of sun damage. Kids don’t tend to wear sunglasses while they’re playing outside, even if they are slathered in sunscreen.
Habits of not wearing sunglasses lead to a variety of sun damage. Dr. Wachler said it’s important to get kids wearing sunglasses from a young age, and you need to skip over the cheap sunglasses in favor of a pair with UV protection.
The Drs TV: Bloodshot Eye Surgery
Dr. Wachler demonstrated the procedure on a giant eye, explaining that it takes about 15 minutes per eye, and the eyes are numbed with drops, so that means no needle or anesthesia. The first step is mapping out the damaged area. Next, the doctor will peel off the membrane. Finally, the body regenerates a new membrane on its own.
James has been recovering well and his eyes are white and clear. Dr. Wachler said he expects James will continue to see improvements.
Dr. Travis stressed that this procedure is for chronic sufferers, not occasional redness that can be attributed to other causes and factors.
Eye Drop Dangers
Dr. Travis said it’s also harmful to rely heavily on eye drops or overuse them, because they restrict the blood vessels in your eye.