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Ripple effect on R eye when blink/ look around. Seen 3 eye specialists. Said not related to dry eye / floater/ tear film. Then, what's the cause?

Ripple effect on R eye when blink/ look around. Seen 3 eye specialists. Said not related to dry eye / floater/ tear film. Then, what's the cause?

Ripple effect: Since the ripple effect occurs with blinking, the cause is on the surface of the eye. It was correct to assess the tear film because that would have been the most common cause. The second most common cause is a thin film of mucus from allergy. Be sure to describe to your next eye MD when and how often this occurs, if you know of any allergies, if you have tried artificial tears as a treatment. ...Read more

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Floaters (Definition)

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I'm 55. I have severe dry eyes in both eyes and floaters in R eye. Does taking 37.5mg Dothiepin a day the likely cause? Any cure for floaters?

I'm 55. I have severe dry eyes in both eyes and floaters in R eye. Does taking 37.5mg Dothiepin a day the likely cause? Any cure for floaters?

Cure for floaters: floaters will usually resolve over time (months) as they sink to the bottom of the eye and as your brain learns to ignore them. Particularly troublesome floaters can be removed by a retina specialist with a surgery called vitrectomy. There is also a new injectable medication that some retinal specialists have used to dissolve floaters. ...Read more

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Slightest of windy conditions cause dry eye.? How shud I come over it.

Slightest of windy conditions cause dry eye.? How shud I come over it.

Wind induced dry eye: Wrap around sunglasses are an obvious help. Omega 3 supplements improve tear production. Using artificial tears prior to entering a windy environment also helps. More involved treatments would include punctal plugs, restasis, and serum tears under the care of a md. ...Read more

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Does Dry Eye cause blindness?

Does Dry Eye cause blindness?

Doubtful: Dry eyes in most cases cause symptoms ranging from annoyance, to light sensitivity, to detectable damage of the front of the eye that your ophthalmologist can detect. Blindness would only result if the dryness is extreme -virtually no tears at all which no eye can tolerate. ...Read more

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Can dry eye cause burning eyelids?

Can dry eye cause burning eyelids?

Yes: Depending upon the degree of dryness and the sensitivity of the eye, you can have burning of the lids, redness, irritation, crusting especially in the morning, blur and a host of other minor symptoms. Try using [over the counter lubricating drops and plain ointment at night. ...Read more

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Can dry eye cause migraines or vice verse with migraine causing dry eye. Have suspected dry eye and migraine from medication change. Restasis?

Can dry eye cause migraines or vice verse with migraine causing dry eye. Have suspected dry eye and migraine from medication change. Restasis?

No relationship: Dry eye or ocular surface disease is not related to migraine headaches which are vascular in origin. Both are common but neither one causes the other. Restasis is useful in helping the inflammation associated with ocular surface disease but your ophthalmologist needs to determine the cause of the problem before instituting Restasis therapy. ...Read more

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I have evaporative dry eye & blepharitis: warm eye compress causes me eyes discomfort and little pain. Any alternative. Thanks for any advice.?

I have evaporative dry eye & blepharitis: warm eye compress causes me eyes discomfort and little pain. Any alternative. Thanks for any advice.?

Yes: Warm compresses should not hurt if you are doing them properly. Go over the right technique with your doctor. Another option might be lipiflow, a newer and possibly more effective way to combine warmth and eye lid massage. ...Read more

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Can calcium cause dry eye?

Can calcium cause dry eye?

No: Most dry eye is caused by aging. Some is caused by inflammation in the eye. Calcium is not known to cause dry eyes. ...Read more

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Why does a dry eye cause intense pain?

Why does a dry eye cause intense pain?

Not typical: Dry eye rarely causes intense pain. If you have intense eye pain, see an ophthalmologist to find out what's going on. It is not likely dry eye. ...Read more

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Can anterior blepharitis cause dry eye?

Can anterior blepharitis cause dry eye?

Yes: Anterior blepharitis typically will be noticed by debris on the lashes. This is commonly caused by overgrowth of bacteria (which normally live there). The toxins they secrete can start the inflammatory cycle which can lead to dry eye. Alternatively, demodex mites are another cause of inflammation that can be diagnosed by plucking eyelashes and looking under the microscope. ...Read more

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Can dry eye cause swelling of the cornea?

Can dry eye cause swelling of the cornea?

Sort of: Dry eye can cause keratitis, usually inflammation of the epithelial layer on the surface of the eye. That can make the cornea a little thicker, but we normally don't call that swelling. Corneal swelling, called corneal edema, usually occurs from an increase in fluid in the tissue of the cornea. ...Read more

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Can Dry Eye cause vision loss? Or something else?

Can Dry Eye cause vision loss? Or something else?

Dry eye syndrome: Eople with dry eyes may experience symptoms of irritated, gritty, scratchy, or burning eyes, a feeling of something in their eyes, excess watering, and blurred vision. Advanced dry eyes may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision.

Treatments for dry eyes aim to restore or maintain the normal amount of tears in the eye to minimize dryness and related discomfort and to maintain eye health ...Read more

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Does dry eye cause blepharitis or other way around? I have been dx with both years ago, but I go through times with no problems

Neither exactly: Blepharitis is basically an overpopulation of bacteria that are normally present at the llid margin. Usually there is microscopic crusting at the bases of the eye lashes. The waste products made by the bacteria can enter the tears and cause irritation, and since dry eye patients have less tears, there is less dilution, so the dry eye irritation is aggravated by a lack of "rinsing." ...Read more

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What are some causes of dry eye? Opth. Looked and said on the surface eye seems fine. Putting non pres. Eye drops every hr. Helps but not enough.

What are some causes of dry eye? Opth. Looked and said on the surface eye seems fine. Putting non pres. Eye drops every hr. Helps but not enough.

Meds, Diseases: Medications disease processes. Use your eye drops rsand ocular lubrication ointment like lacrilube (artificial tears). Follow with your Ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Can seasonal eye allergies cause dry eye (aqueous deficiency)?

Can seasonal eye allergies cause dry eye (aqueous deficiency)?

Yes!: Allergies can cause problems with dry eyes. Allergy pills cause decreased tear production. Allergies themselves cause also inflammation of the tissues that produce and maintain tears. ...Read more

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I take an ACE inhibiitor. Can it cause dry eye and mouth in addition to coughing. If I stop the medicine will the dry eye and mouth correct itself.?

I take an ACE inhibiitor. Can it cause dry eye and mouth in addition to coughing. If I stop the medicine will the dry eye and mouth correct itself.?

Cough - yes: Ace - inhibitors cause a cough in about 10% of users and the cough, when present, resolves within a few days of stopping the medicine. Dry mucous membranes are not reported side effects and I've never seen it happen (and I prescribe a lot of ace-is). ...Read more

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Can dry eye cause affect your vision?

Can dry eye cause affect your vision?

Yes: Dry eyes can cause your vision to be blurry and not correct with glasses or contacts. Using re-wetting drops can be helpful as well as having plugs inserted, but I would recommend seeing your opthomologist for a check-up as there may also be another cause for your vision changes. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Eye Floaters (Definition)

Are spots you notice visually that may vary in shape & are ...Read more