What does bile shot eyes mean?

For my english homework i have to describe a quote from Sherlock Holmes book the speckled band and it asks to describe the quote ” he has bile shot eyes” what does this mean ??

4 Answers

  1. I seem to remember that at one time, the liver was the organ linked to emotions.

    The gall bladder with bile duct, is located in the liver and if there is an obstruction in the bile duct it causes jaundice. One symptom of which is yellowing of the whites of the eyes.

    So, in a convoluted way, someone with “jaundiced eyes” might also be said to be emotionally disturbed.

  2. The word “bile” has two definitions; the first is referring to the fluid in your liver, and the second refers to the emotion ‘anger’ or ‘irritability’. Basically, the character your quote is referring to has anger in his eyes. Hope this helped.

  3. I would guess he is talking about yellowness of the eyes. One of the many signs of Cirrhosis of the liver..

    Jaundice – yellowing of the skin or eyes – is a sign of progression

  4. I think it means anger. So he had anger in his eye?

Relevant information

The term “red eye” is used to describe eyes that are red and bloodshot. Bloodshot eyes are usually painless. They develop when blood vessels near the surface of the eye become swollen.

You can develop bloodshot eyes temporarily after drinking alcohol, staring at a computer screen too long, or forgetting to change your contact lenses. But bloodshot eyes can be caused by something more serious as well, such as an eye injury or infection.

This article will discuss the most common causes of bloodshot eyes and what you can do about each one. Of course, it is always best to seek the advice of your eye healthcare provider, but there are a few red eye home remedies you can try in the meantime for relief.

Verywell / Brianna Gilmartin

When To Be Concerned About Bloodshot Eyes

Bloodshot eyes are most commonly due to harmless causes that will resolve on their own, even without treatment. This includes the following:

  • Wearing contact lenses
  • Using eye drops too frequently
  • Staring at a computer screen for long hours
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Swimming
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Using alcohol or cannabis
  • Being pregnant
  • Photokeratitis

Allergies, pink eye, blepharitis, and dry eye syndrome are also common causes of bloodshot eyes. While they are not cause for concern, you may need OTC or prescription medication to ease your symptoms. COVID can cause you to have red eyes, too, but the symptom should resolve as you recover from COVID.

If you think you may have one of the following conditions, you should get medical attention as soon as possible to prevent serious complications:

  • Uveitis
  • Eye injury
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Subconjunctival hemorrhage
  • Acute angle-closure glaucoma
  • Episcleritis

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience vision changes, floaters in your eyes, light flashes, a foreign body sensation in your eye, signs of infection, or any other eye symptoms that concern you.


Bloodshot eyes can result from many things. Most often, the things that cause dry, red, irritated eyes are minor and can be treated at home.

However, other causes of red eyes can be more serious and threaten your vision and overall health. So, it’s always best to consult your healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are my eyes red when I wake up?

    Someone may wake up with red, bloodshot eyes if they have dry eye syndrome or blepharitis. Eyes do not produce tears when someone is sleeping, so someone with either of these conditions could wake up with dry, red eyes due to a lack of lubricating tears.

  • How can I quickly resolve bloodshot eyes?

    Over-the-counter artificial tears can help resolve redness in many cases. Taking an antihistamine for seasonal allergies, placing a cool compress over closed eyes, avoiding irritants such as cigarette smoke, using a dehumidifier, and practicing good hygiene with frequent hand washing and clean linens are all practices that help relieve red eyes.

  • When should someone consult a physician about bloodshot eyes?

    It’s best to seek medical attention if eye redness or bloodshot eyes are accompanied by certain symptoms, including:

    • Yellow, brown, or green crust in the eyes
    • Pain or tenderness
    • Light sensitivity
    • Fever
    • Symptoms lasting more than one week
    • Exposure to pink eye
  • Do red eyes go away on their own?

    Red eyes due to swimming, drinking alcohol, wearing contact lenses, or another transient cause will go away on their own. However, red eyes can sometimes be due to serious conditions that require medical attention, such as scleritis, which could be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune disease.

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