Red eyes, often caused by irritated blood vessels, can result from allergies, smoke, smog, chlorine, lack of sleep, or watching TV for long periods of time. If you have red eyes that are itchy, try not to rub them. Doing so can start an itch-rub cycle: The more you rub, the more your eyes will itch. If red eyes don’t clear up, eye-drops or other medications are available. Ask a parent or a pharmacist for advice.
Conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, is a common eye condition. Symptoms of bacterial conjunctivitis include redness, swelling, itching, and a discharge that can be so thick that the eyelids almost stick together. Persons with pinkeye should be seen by a doctor. This very contagious condition can be passed on by contaminated fingers, washcloths, or towels.