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Chronic Eye Styes
Warm Compresses: A stye, or chalazion, is an obstructed or infected oil gland of the eyelid. Use of warm compresses (a wash rag soaked in warm water) held over the closed eye for 10 minutes a few times a day will usually help the stye to resolve. Sometimes antibiotic eye ointment and less commonly oral antibiotics can help as well. If the stye has been there chronically (months), surgical drainage may be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dry eyes n blepharitis. Seen 2 eye doc. Always give FML, (fluorometholone) lubricants. Sick of frequent eye inflammation, use eye drops daily n clean eyelid. Any cure?
The short answer is: yes, you can treat the blepharitis with a variety of treatments. The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises a variety of treatments depending upon the etiology (cause) of your blepharitis. This can range from eyelid hygiene with OTC lid scrubs or baby shampoo, to topical and even oral antibiotic treatment. Have your ophthalmologist look at the margins to identify the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Word confusion: The lay and medical community both use overlapping terms for inflammatory conditions of the eye linings. If its pink, whether due to viruses, hair spray or bacteria, some will call it pink eye. Any goopy eye from non bacterial caused may become contaminated by bacteria over time most do not as the tears have some anti bacterial properties. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Red eyes is just a sign of irritation. It is very non-specific and can be caused by numerous etiologies including eye strain. Eye strain leads to dry eyes, which could then cause red eyes. You should see an eye md for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Puffy, swollen (swishy) eyes, between upper eye lid and eyebrow. I've recently been using over-the-counter eye drops to relieve irritated, watery eyes?
Not likely : Steroid eye drops, like prednisolone acetate, are not to be used without careful eye physician supervision. Although steroidal anti-inflammatory drops are extremely potent & effective at treating many ocular inflammatory conditions, they are Not routinely used for ocular allergies. Antihistamine eye drops or pills are safer and can be used more often. These may help puffiness/circles but mayB not ...Read more
Dry Eye Syndrome: The vast majority of patients with this symptom have significant dry eye syndrome. You can try other otc drops like systane, optive, genteal, soothe etc, but likely you will find them inadequate as well. See an eye md for accurate diagnosis, and management, which may include the rx drop restasis, plugs in the draining tear ducts, oral supplements, increasing humidity in the environment etc. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blurry vision: Blurry vision can be due to need for new Rx, dry eye, diabetes, etc. If just due to dry eye, use warm compresses/gentle massaging of eyelid margin to help improve tear film stability; non-preserved artificial tears (Retaine is very good) 4-6x per day; increase omega 3 intake; see [email protected] "Lid hygiene" for more info. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer