I'm a 35 year old female who has been coping with red veins in the whites of my eyes for 15 years. It started when I was wearing contacts (age 20) so I stopped cold, but the veins never went away. When I was about 25 I had laser vision surgery and while my veins didn't change at all, at least I didn't have to wear glasses. Now I'm 35 and my vision is regressing -- I have floaters and because of my job, I spend too much time on a computer -- and I feel my veins are increasing and even more prominent than ever.
Has ANYONE had success stories in treating the veins? My eyes are healthy otherwise and my eye doctor has said I still don't need glasses and my eyes are normal and healthy.
Could it be that our preoccupation with eye veins is a form of OCD or Body Dymorphic Disorder? Or are the veins really a condition? Eye doctors write me off as crazy if I bring up how self-concious I am with the veins (and also my eyes feel dry when I wake up -- but is it this way for everyone?) -- but I "feel" as though it is a real condition...and in photographs it certainly is -- the red veins are SO obvious, they make me look terrible. Like my eyes are bleeding.
I know about the eye whitening surgeries in LA but I am not ready for that and am hopeful that there are other treatments, including alternative treatments like EFT and hypnosis, acupuncture, etc.
I had similar problems to you- red veins appearing suddenly in my eyes. I was making the mistake of treating it like a cosmetic issue, and like you, researching eye whitening procedures. In the meantime I neglected seeking medical reasons for why this was happening in the first place. Mostly because the opthalmologists and opticians I went to insisted my eyes are normal and healthy. Unfortunately, at the time I didn't realise that they were not qualified enough to diagnose me. I was often talked down to, because they thought I was being vain about my eyes (no pun intended). Now I know it was the right thing to be concerned about changes happening in my eyes!
Red veins appearing in the eyes are often caused by inflammation in the eyelids and eye. Most common conditions which go along with inflammation (and therefore veins) are dry eye and ocular rosacea.
The most common cause type of dry eye is meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). I have this. Dry eyes in the morning, like you mention, is a symptom of meibomian gland dysfunction.
When the problem is treated, your existing red veins will be less red and visible, and more importantly, you will stop new ones from coming. But the main priority is your eye health.
I wish I had known this 2 years ago. I was so worried about my eyes' appearance, but wasted time on opticians and opthalmologists who didn't take me seriously. In the end I found a dry eye specialist who diagnosed me properly. With treatment for my dry eye, I had very quick improvement.
Please, if you can find a dry eye specialist near you, or if not, a corneal specialist will do. General opthalmologists often prioritise serious diseases and are not concerned with redness/veins and surface problems. But inflammation can become serious, so please, don't stop taking your problems seriously, just because no one else does!
If your doctor does not at the very least test your tear quantity, with a schirmer test, or TearLab device, AND press against your meibomian glands with their finger to see if you're producing meibum, then this person is not qualified enough to address your problems.
You asked for a success story- although I am battling dry eye disease, I have succeeded in stopping new veins appearing. And the healthier my eyes are, the whiter they are. I think Ibrite and other procedures should absolutely not be performed unless inflammation has been ruled out.
Also ocular rosacea.
Good luck and hope you got something useful out of all this!
How I returned my eyes to normal-----> (and I apologize for any typos)
-taking a "Centrum Men Under 50 Vitamin" (all vitamins actually)
-staying up past 12:00am
-using any kind of eye drops
-wearing contact lenses (also wearing glasses averts attention from red eye veins, makes you look smarter, and are just easier)
-blinking much more to wet my eyes, especially when on a computer (some people aren't blinking enough when they study for hours and hours or watch a TV screen)
-it took two weeks of using all the above, combined solutions to work
-I had only had red eye veins for 6 months (the longer you have them the more permanent I think they become)
-we are all different and I am not a doctor (this is just what I have found to work for me)
-I wanted to share my experience hoping something I listed helps someone else because I really believed I was going to have red veins in my eyes forever and it was getting to me
-lots of people have red veins in their eyes (start looking for them)
-I think developing some red veins is just part of getting older, it's nothing to be ashamed of, and people still like you