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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Unger
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Nope: Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of pink eye, or infectious conjunctivitis.
A 75-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Unger
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Ice for pain: Ice or a cool compresses decrease the pain of shingles. Ice can be applied at least 15-30 minutes continuously every hour. This has helped my patients with shingles find relief at bedtime, so they can get the rest they need to recover from this systemic condition. I hope this helps your friend!
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Unger
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Yes: Artificial tear drops are a better choice than vasoconstrictor "gets the red out" drops most of the time. Warm compresses are also the right idea. You could use baby wash to gently shampoo your eyelids as well.
A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Unger
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Yes it can: Herpes is a virus that can infect the eye causing a variety of symptoms: red eye, drainage, blurring, light sensitivity, pain. But bacterial infections, dry eye, eyelid malposition, blepharitis, ocular inflammation, and allergies can cause the same symptoms. So it's best to have your ophthalmologist take a look. You need to be properly diagnosed so you can start treating the condition.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Unger
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Large Pupils: Some people have larger pupils in average to dim light, and as long as they are both the same, no problem! FYI some drugs cause dilated pupils - cocaine and methamphetamine in particular.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Unger
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
No worries!: Most laser procedures are completely painless but it depends on the type of laser. PRP laser for diabetic retinopathy, can feel achy as 1200 spots of laser are applied to the peripheral retina, so if you're having this laser you might need a retro bulbar block. Yag capsulotomy, on the other hand, is entirely painless, no block needed. Ask your doc questions and feel less worried!
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Unger
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Troubling: Sorry you're feeling so lousy but this is just something you'll have to discuss with your family doctor. There are so many reasons for fatigue and your other symptoms. Infections, chronic disease, and depression are a few of the variety of causes. Please make an appointment with your doc.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Unger
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Doubt it: You'll need to see you ophthalmologist to get a better idea of why those vessels are so prominent. Might be allergies, dry eyes, or an inflammatory condition that may need treatment. It's probably not serious, but best to check.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Unger
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
No: Uncorrected vision might cause eye strain or tension-like headaches, but will not cause red eyes. Some more common causes or red eyes are pink eye, allergic conjunctivitis, dry eyes, and blepharitis. You may want to be evaluated for these conditions.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Unger
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
A stye: These could be the beginning of a stye or chalazion, which are caused by a blocked oil duct in the eyelid. Use a warm compress to encourage drainage tonight, but make an appointment to see your ophthalmologist as well. Sometimes this condition needs treatment with eye drops, eye ointment, or even oral antibiotics.
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