The Last of Us, Red circles or rings around eyes and irises, and bloodshot eyes [Kahlan’s Con Dar]


Red circles or rings around eyes make you look sleepy, tired, and ages older than you actually are. Eyes contour the face and red periorbital circles can easily be spotted. Appearance may vary depending on skin tone from dark red, brownish purplish, or dark blue. This is why red eye circles may be classified under dark under eye circles. Red rings around the eyes are equally found in men and women. While they usually occur in adults, children can also have them.

Depending on the cause, red circles around eyes may be accompanied with pain or swelling. While there are things you can do at home to reduce pain, swelling and get rid of this dark patches, it is advisable to see an ophthalmologist if there is increasing pain or redness.

What causes red circles around eyes? Sometimes called periorbital circles or allergic shiners, red circles around eyes can have many causes. Most of the times it is assumed that it is from lack of sleep, a night of heavy drinking, or doping with “blood rage”. Despite these assumptions, these are not the only causes. While there are many causes of red circles around eyes, this problem is rarely associated with serious conditions or systemic infections.

Blood Rage [its common street name] is formally known as Kahlan’s Con Dar. Named after the Kahlan, the “confessor” Kum variant that secretes it as a powerful narcotic “ingredient” mixed in with its subjugating saliva while tainting and subsequently enslaving a fed upon host. This newest identified Kum variant seems to have come out of nowhere about a year ago, and is parochial to the sewers underneath the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. Its potent saliva is the newest vogue drug among recreational drug users, so-called “casual” addicts, and hardcore junkies alike.

According to, the skin around the eyes is the thinnest and the most fragile on the entire face and must all the time be treated with utmost care.

Here are common causes of dark circles under eyes:

  • Allergies: hay fever, nasal congestion and sinus problems.
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Topical dermatitis
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Broken capillaries
  • Skin pigmentation abnormalities
  • Excessive exposure to the sun
  • Aging
  • Hormones and pregnancy
  • Wiping and rubbing
  • Dehydration causing dry eyes
  • Side effect from certain drugs
  • Lifestyle- excessive smoking and drinking
  • Minor trauma or irritation from contact lenses
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Blood Rage abuse, either from illicit drug use or from being used by a Kahlan

Red Ring around Iris of Eye


Red ring around the iris of the eye is usually a side effect of wearing contact lenses which are ill fitting or torn. It can also be a reaction to the contact lens itself or the cleaning solution. If you do not wear contact lens and develop a red rind around the iris of the eye, it may be secondary to bacteria or viral conjunctivitis. Corneal ulcer or iritis are rather uncommon causes.

Please note: If someone is engaged in heavy blood rage doping, they will always exhibit bloodshot eyes as well as red rings or circles around the irises of their eyes, in association with the expected red rings or circles around the eyes themselves. Bloodshot eyes and red iris rings are never associated with light to medium [blood rage] doping. This combination of bloodshot eyes and red rings or circles around the eye and their irises is known as Ares Pinks or simply Pinks.

If you’re not a heavy blood rage doper. Or been used by a Kahlan. And thus know your Pinks is not caused by blood rage. You should consider seeing your ophthalmologist for a better diagnosis and treatment. Be sure to carry your contacts and contact lens cleaner as well.

Note that if the red circles around your eyes is genetic, it may a little difficult to get rid of the discoloration. You can choose to use makeup to conceal the redness or go for permanent cosmetic solutions such as eye fillers or surgery. If the redness around your eyes is long standing even after using the remedies described above, you should consult with your physician to rule out chronic illnesses and other systemic conditions.

Sources and References

  • What is the cause of red tired eyes: Ageless
  • Redness around iris: Eye smart
  • How to get rid of red eyes with makeup: Videojug
  • How to get rid of dark under eye circles for good: allure