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Can you get dry eye in only one eye? My right eye often feels scratchy but not my left.

Can you get dry eye in only one eye? My right eye often feels scratchy but not my left.

Yes: It would depend on the cause of the dry eye. If it is a systemic problem then it would be unlikely that just on would have the problem. If it is a chemical, infection, or exposure than it would be more likely to happen. ...Read more

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Does dry eye affect 1 eye or both? If only 1 eye - why? I 've heard people who have worn contacts are at risk but don't we wear contacts in both eyes?

Does dry eye affect 1 eye or both? If only 1 eye - why? I 've heard people who have worn contacts are at risk but don't we wear contacts in both eyes?

Usually both: Dry eye syndrome usually affects both eyes although sometimes not to exactly the same degree. Instances where it can affect one eye are when there are problems affecting one eye lid resulting in increased evaporation of tears. ...Read more

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My father age 62 diagnosed with DRY EYE in one eye. Pls suggest measure to cure this problem. Other than eye (water) drops. Any other measure please.

My father age 62 diagnosed with DRY EYE in one eye. Pls suggest measure to cure this problem. Other than eye (water) drops. Any other measure please.

Unilateral dry eye: Lacrimal duct obstruction is a common cause of unilateral dry eye in patient's. This would require you to take your Father to see your local ENT physician to have an evaluation and potentially a lacrimal duct probe, which would relieve the obstruction and allow for the natural flow of the aqueous fluid in the eyes tear film. Prior to this eval, you might try daily, consistent warm eye compresses ...Read more

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Can I have only one dry eye?

Can I have only one dry eye?

Yes: It is not unusual to have one eye that is drier than the other. ...Read more

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I have severe dry eye mostly in one eye. What can I do to alleviate the symptoms?

I have severe dry eye mostly in one eye. What can I do to alleviate the symptoms?

See Eye MD: Mild dry eyes can be treated with otc artificial tears. Severe dry eyes can be very difficult to treat. Fortunately, there a many treatment options available. You will need to see your eye md if otc tears are not sufficient. ...Read more

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I have double vision on things I don't pay attention to. When I close one if I see blurry is this dry eye?

I have double vision on things I don't pay attention to. When I close one if I see blurry is this dry eye?

Is that 2 questions?: If you close one eye and its blurry, it could be dry eye, but it could also be a number of other issues. Dry eye typically also has associated ocular discomfort (such as a foreign body sensation, burning, or light sensitivity).

The double vision issue is different. Is it true double or is it like a ghost image?

You should probably see and ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I have a very watery, runny eye for a week....What can I do>? It's only one eye I have at times been told by the optomatrist I had slight dry eye in both eyes, that was over a year ago. This time it's one eye and it doesn't effect my vision just drain

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I have a very watery, runny eye for a week....What can I do>? It's only one eye I have at times been told by the optomatrist I had slight dry eye in both eyes, that was over a year ago. This time it's one eye and it doesn't effect my vision just drain

Excessive: Excessive tearing is most commonly caused by dry eyes. It may appear contradictory but the tearing is an over reaction of the eye to the dryness. This is especially true in a peri or post-menopausal women. Signs of dryness is that the eye feels tired easily and relief is found with closing of the eye. You may also have burning or gravel sensation in the eye. Usually, if one eye is dry the other is also dry but can be of different magnitude. Also the response (tearing) can vary. The symptoms of dry is most severe in the winter months when the air is cold. The cold air holds less water and thus more dry.
The other possibility can be a blocked tear duct in which case your ophthalmologist can easily diagnose it in the office and treat it with. ...Read more

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When do you use prescription strength fish oil vs over the counter. Which one and strength do you recommend for dry eye conditions?

High quality: I don't recommend a prescription fish oil. I personally take icelandicformula4 fish oil (no financial interest). It is 100% omega 3. I also like barlean's brand available from amazon. Fish and flax oil are synergistic. 1000mg of fish oil and 1000mg of flax oil twice a day are a good dosage for dry eye. Avoid tilapia fish-it has omega 6. ...Read more

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My left eyelid is late to open when I wake up. It is only in one eye and happens only during the night. No dry eye, nor discharge. Cyclosporine maybe?

My left eyelid is late to open when I wake up. It is only in one eye and happens only during the night. No dry eye, nor discharge. Cyclosporine maybe?

Dry eye?: Dry eye may not affect both eyes equally and when your eye gets too dry, the lid may get a little stuck. Since you don't blink much while asleep, tear production is further reduced. Try artificial tear at bedtime and see if this helps. If not, consider seeing your ophthalmologist. Hope it works. ...Read more

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Scared! I had a positive ANA twice 1:40 and 1:160 nucleolar pattern only symptoms have been mild dry eye and one possible episode of episcleritis in the last year. I am scared I have diffuse scleroderma. Been to several rheumatogists and dermatolog

Scared! I had a positive ANA twice 1:40 and 1:160 nucleolar pattern only symptoms have been mild dry eye and one possible episode of episcleritis in the last year. I am scared I have diffuse scleroderma. Been to several rheumatogists and dermatolog

Relax!: Take a deep breath! Having a positive ANA doesn't mean that you have a particular disease. In fact lab testing is only a part of the diagnosis, the main part is the clinical picture. Is a good thing to be on top of your health, but being too much can be harmful too. You have already consulted specialists in that area. Follow their recommendations. ...Read more

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What can cure dry eye?

What can cure dry eye?

Control not cure: Anti-inflammatory meds like Restasis and Xiidra can be helpful as well as omega-3 supplements and hot masks. For more difficult cases, Lipiflow and meibomian gland probing work well to restore normal physiology.

Generally speaking, it is difficult to cure dry eyes. We try to control the symptoms as best we can but if you stop the treatments, then the dry eye symptoms will likely come back. ...Read more

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How do you fix dry eye?

How do you fix dry eye?

Artificial tears: This is a very broad question.
Start with articial tears, you may need plugs. See your eyecare physician. You need to be placed on prescription drops such as Restasis or even topical corticosteroids.
Check your medication lists for dry eye and mouth side effects. This can become a chronic problem and require long term care. May need to change your dietary habits and improve your hydration ...Read more

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How to cure the dry eye?

How to cure the dry eye?

Unfortunately none: There is no quick fix to stop dry eye completely. It tends to worsen as we age, as we produce less good tears. Treatment aims at managing and is an active process, but there are options that can significantly improve the discomfort of dry eye: OTC artificial tears, presription restasis, punctal plugs, humidifiers, vitamin supplements, heating masks, lid scrubs, lipiflow. Seek eye exam for help! ...Read more

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How to minimize dry eye naturally?

How to minimize dry eye naturally?

Environment factors: Can be altered to help with dry eyes. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Remember to blink more and rest eyes with heavy use. Consider using a humidifier in the room where you may stay to do heavy reading/computer work. Use OTC artificial tears. Use lids scrubs with towelettes like OTC OcuSoft or baby shampoo. Use warm compresses for 10+min. Omega 3 fatty acids beneficial. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What medications use on a dry eye?

What medications use on a dry eye?

Depends on type: Dry eye disease can have many causes: evaporative from meibomian gland dysfunction, aueous deficiency due to estrogen reduction or diety factors. Environemntal causes. Pharmacologic causes. Various disease states. Treatment is often customized to your type of disease. Get an exam. ...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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Dry eye symptoms in 1 just eye. Help?

Dry eye symptoms in 1 just eye. Help?

Use artificial tears: If still problem after artificial tears see ophthalmologist. May consider Restasis a medication that increases tear production or plugs in tear drainage system. ...Read more

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During cold temperatures, dry eye can be worse why?

During cold temperatures, dry eye can be worse why?

Tear film disruption: A recent study from the university of texas showed that the cold temperature causes the meibum, the oily substance which helps to form the outermost layer of the tear film, to become too thick and stiff to spread onto the eye surface. ...Read more

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I have had dry eye before but usually just brief. Why?

Varies: Could be allergens or other irritants that inflame the surface of the eye causing symptoms similar to chronic dry eye. If its only brief then not likely anything of concern. You can use over-the-counter artificial tears for short term problems. If it becomes chronic then see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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What are the affects of long term dry eye on eyesight?

What are the affects of long term dry eye on eyesight?

Corneal damage: It can cause corneal erosions and damage. It can also be a sign of Sjogren`s syndrome, an immunologic disorder. Your Ophalmologist will have good treatment. ...Read more

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Is it true that there are different types of Dry eye?

Is it true that there are different types of Dry eye?

Yes: Dry eyes can occur because of inadequate tear production or excessive tear evaporation. It is common for dry eye to occur because of a combination of both reasons. ...Read more

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Is Dry Eye caused by wind usually permanent in young persons?

No: Wind, especially dry cold wind, aggravates a pre-existing eyedryness. But eye dryness is usually variable and there will be times of minimal symptoms and other times when it gets symptomatic. Protect your eye with moisturizing eyedrops when it is a problem and you will usually find intervals where nothing is needed. ...Read more

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Dry eye I feel like sands going around. What are the treatiment!

See details: Liquid tears can help but I would also urge that an eye doctor evaluate the issue as well ...Read more

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Has there been cases of Dry Eye that go away after months or years?

Has there been cases of Dry Eye that go away after months or years?

Sure: Dry eye syndrome can be caused by many things. Some of the causes include environmental, systemic medication, diseases, contact lenses, refractive surgery, eye medications, occupational, hormonal, & aging to name a few. Some of these causes can be reversible, whereas others are chronic. Treatment mainly involves ocular lubricants, eyelid hygiene, omega 3 rich diet, protective eyewear, & humidifiers ...Read more

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I'm wondering what is blephex and does it help with dry eye issues?

Cleans lids: Kind of like a mini electronic tooth brush for cleaning debris off the edge of the eyelids where the oil glands live. May or not help dry eye---see your ophthalmologist for an answer. ...Read more

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Is this an every day thing or can dry eye occur in random outbreaks?

Is this an every day thing or can dry eye occur in random outbreaks?

Dry eye: Dry eye can be chronic or acute (depending on cause). Clogged meibomian glands (mgd)& blepharitis is most common which can be chronic. Role of underlying inflammation, autoimmune disease, humidity & environment affect severity and frequency of symptoms. More info: eyedoc2020.Com. ...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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My wife neds something to lubricatae a dry eye. What product is the best?

My wife neds something to lubricatae a dry eye. What product is the best?

Lots of options: There is no one best option. What you want to use is an artificial tear drop or, if the condition is more severe, gel. The types with "get the red out" medicine I advise against. In mild dry eye, I usually recommend a 3 times a day schedule, regardless of symptoms. If that isn't sufficient, you can increase it. Persistent symptoms despite frequent use should prompt a visit to an ophthalmologist. ...Read more