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Can pink eye drops help clogged tear ducts?

Can pink eye drops help clogged tear ducts?

Depends on the cause: There are different parts of the eye that many people call "tear ducts" but may not be the actual tear duct. The tear duct, which drains your tears, can get blocked for reasons that are generally not helped by eye drops. A clogged tear duct usually has to be probed or even have surgery to unclog it. If you are referring to the pores that line the lids that can get clogged, abx can help. ...Read more

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Will systane ultra eye drops unplug ducts of secretory glands in my lower eye lid?

Will systane ultra eye drops unplug ducts of secretory glands in my lower eye lid?

No : No, you probably have blocked meibomian glands on the eyelids. I tell my patients to get a damp wash cloth and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Test it on your wrist to make sure it's not too hot. Place warm compress the closed eyelid for about5-10 minutes and re-heating as necessary. Use dilute baby shampoo to clean lids. If it persists, go for an exam. ...Read more

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Do eye drops for contacts reduce eye redness from bloodshot eyes?

Do eye drops for contacts reduce eye redness from bloodshot eyes?

No: Redness in the eye could be contact lens intolerance, allergy, inflammation, and many other things that no doctor can diagnose without a proper eye exam. Don't let this linger and get an ophthalmologist to examine you. ...Read more

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Will pink eye make a tear duct swollen?

Will pink eye make a tear duct swollen?

Possible connection: Yes, infact it may be the other way around. A nasolacrimal duct infection can cause pink eye especially in the medial angle(towards the nose). ...Read more

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Can permanent punctal plugs replace using restasis eye drops? Thank you!

Can permanent punctal plugs replace using restasis eye drops? Thank you!

No: While plugs increase the retention of your tears by closing off the drainage ducts, they don't affect the underlying inflammatory disease, namely dry eye syndrome. In other words, your dry eye disease may continue to progress with the use of plugs alone. Restasis treats the underlying inflammatory condition, both helping to increase tear production and slow progression of the disease. ...Read more

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Punctual block right eye lower puncta . Despite punctoplasty done of right eye lower punctum the tear duct has not opened . Please advise .

Punctual block right eye lower puncta . Despite punctoplasty done of right eye lower punctum the tear duct has not opened . Please advise .

Repeat dilation: Your ophthalmologist has a tapered probe which can be inserted to dilate the punctum and adjacent canal if they are narrowed. This sometimes requires several applications but usually will work. Check with your doctor if you have not already done so. ...Read more

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Can tears from a conjunctivitis-infected eye infect my other eye?

Can tears from a conjunctivitis-infected eye infect my other eye?

Yes: There is no practical way to prevent the spread of conjunctivitis if you have it, to the other eye. Treat the second eye in the same way as your ophthalmologist has advised for the first. Usually it is shorter in duration in eye #2. ...Read more

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Blocked tear duct treatment - artificial tears, what to do?

Blocked tear duct treatment - artificial tears, what to do?

Blocked tear duct: Your doctor can show you how to massage your tear ducts in the hope that they will open. If massage doesn't work an eye doctor can do a simple procedure to open them ...Read more

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Do zaditor (ketotifen) eye drops help with "pink eye"?

Usually not: The zaditor (ketotifen) is an allergy eyedrop and will only be effective if the "pink eye" is due to allergy. If it is due to an infection caused by a bacteria or virus, the zaditor (ketotifen) will have no effect. ...Read more

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Can pataday eye drops cure pink eye?

Can pataday eye drops cure pink eye?

No: Pataday is an eyedrop to treat allergic conjunctivitis. Pink eye and allergic conjunctivitis can look the same, the main difference is that the allergic version typically itches. If you have "true pink eye" it is a viral infection, and Pataday will not cure that. ...Read more

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Can there be good eye drops to use for permanently, blocked tear ducts?

No: You probably need surgery to relieve the obstruction. Drops do not help at this stage. ...Read more

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Eyes dry despite artificial tears. Constant floaters Vision unclear. Considering plugging tear ducts n vitreolysis. Any side effects or risks?

Tear duct plugs good: You should be using the tear drops 6 times a day and nght time gel (Refresh PM or Genteal gel) will be helpful. If that fails have the punctal plugs put in. Another option would be Restasis but it is expensive. Floaters usually clear with time and vitreous surgery is not indicated. An exam by an ophthalmologist is needed with the floaters to make sure there is no tear in the retina. ...Read more

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Will Pilocarpine help with dry eyes from Sjogrens? Overnight dry eyes is my worst symptom even with plugs & eye drops.

Will Pilocarpine help with dry eyes from Sjogrens? Overnight dry eyes is my worst symptom even with plugs & eye drops.

Minor help: Try applying plain eye ointment into each eye prior to sleeping. This will coat the eye and protect it during your worst part of dryness. ...Read more

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How exactly do prostaglandin analogue eye drops open the uveoscleral passageways?

How exactly do prostaglandin analogue eye drops open the uveoscleral passageways?

Not known: These are effective anti-glaucoma drops which allow the internal eye fluid to get out of the eye both at the normal drain (the angle) and the posterior circulation (uvealscleral). Prostaglandins are bodily produced hormones and these chemicals affect many bodily functions and have been found to help with glaucoma pressure. The exact mechanism is not known, but is being studied. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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