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Do Tea Bags Help Irritated Eyes
Start with: Artificial tears and you can find these over the counter. There are thicker gels and ointments at bedtime. Use as needed but generally apply tears at least 3-4 times a day. Might be a few days before you notice much improvement. Otherwise, see an eye doctor for proper diagnosis. Good luck ...Read more
Eyedrops: If this is your only symptom and the vision is good and the eyes not hurting, then try applying over the counter lubricating eyedrops. Do not use "gets the red out" type drops as these are drying. Plain eye ointment at night is also helpful. If these work, fine, but if it persists, see your ophthalmologist for the next sequence of treatment. ...Read more
A few possibilities: This could be due to allergies, dry eyes, or eye infections. All can start or affect 1 eye first. The treatments are very different. For allergies, zaditor is a good otc eye medicine. For dry eyes, lubricating tears are necessary. For infection, usually of the eyelids, start with eyelid warm compress and diluted baby shampoo scrubs. You should have a baseline exam with your eye doctor. ...Read more
Dry eye + allergies: Dry eye and allergies are very common. I would try artificial tears frequently during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses 1-2 times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. You can also try topical and/or systemic anti-allergy meds. If no improvement, see an eye doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
After bringing a new kitten home, I started getting red irritated eyes and a rash on my face. What can I put on my face to help the rash?
Reacting to kitten: You may be allergic to cats. If this is the case, you should not pet or play with the cat, and especially not hold it against your cheeks etc. Meanwhile try over the counter antihistamine e.g. Claritin generic , one per day to see if it helps your eyes. If you are very allergic to cats, you should see an allergist and consider a different pet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get an Exam: Your symptoms may indeed be due to dry eyes, however, other conditions can mimic the same symptoms and would require other treatment. Your history of only 2 days of symptoms would be unusual for dry eye disease, unless you started new medication or had a new exposure to a dry environment. Get your eyes looked at to get a definitive diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Topical drops: Every company that makes over the counter drops makes some for tear replacement or lubrication of the eye. Go to your pharmacy and find the dry eye section and try a few. Do not use "gets the red out" drops as these are drying. If the condition persists, then see your ophthalmologist for advanced help. ...Read more
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