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Is it better to rinse your eyes with warm or cold water

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chong Kim
Dr. Chong Kim answered
27 years experience Internal Medicine
No difference: As long as the water is clean, there is no harm to the eye, as long as the water is not too hot. Warm water should be easier on the eye.
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Dr. Stephen Hamilton
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Neither: Tap water is not sterile and should only be used for irrigatin in case of an emergency chemical injury when nothing else is available. Use sterile irr ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler
28 years experience Ophthalmology
You : You might have a slight infection of the meibomian gland at the base of the eyelids. Since you have had no improvement with hot compress, see your ey ... Read More
Dr. Benjamin Chun
28 years experience Ophthalmology
Stye? blepharitis: Could be couple of things including a stye or blepharitis. Correct identification is required before suggesting a treatment. Please see your eye doc ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Styes: This can be very frustrating. It sounds like you are doing all you can. There are some styes that need to be removed by the eye surgeon an ophthalmol ... Read More
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Dr. Richard Hector
9 years experience Ophthalmology
Scar tissue: If it is no longer sore to touch, etc you have scar tissue that regresses very slowly unless treated with topical or injected steroids. Surgery is al ... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
Dr. Neal Sher answered
50 years experience LASIK Surgery
Warm water: The water should be a little warmer than body temperature. It needs to heat up the meibomian glands that are on the lid margins. Avoid water too hot ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
36 years experience Pediatrics
You should see: your doctor. You need to be examined and possibly be tested for strep, maybe mono, possible ear infection and pink eye (conjunctivitis).
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Lipton
30 years experience Holistic Medicine
Ice to injury : warm water can make an injury swell more and is not recommended ice to the area for 10 minutes every 30 minutes will be more effective at reducing swe ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
45 years experience General Surgery
It might: Be infection. If it is painful, the cornea might be involved. Your eyesight might be affected. Go to the emergency room at nearest hospital.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tod Haller
16 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: That depends how long ago this happened. First things first, you did the right thing to wash it out immediately. If your eyes don't hurt and are not r ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Solomon Gelbart
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Probably not: Good that you irrigated it out and time will ultimately tell. However, the type of bacteria in a duck's gut is probably quite dissimilar from ours an ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
36 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Rinse with water: Rinse the eye with luke warm water with a running stream of clean water. Please check the label and if there is redness, change in vision or pain, ple ... Read More
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