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Doctor insights on: Eye Pterygium

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Pterygium (Definition)

Pterygium:very common, abnormal growth of clear covering (conjunctiva) of white part of the eye (sclera) over the cornea (window of the eye). If severe and causing discomfort or red, it can be removed with surgery. It is generally benign. It is due to excess sun/UV exposure usually. Prevention is only remedy. Avoid sun (sunglasses, hat); avoid smoking. Natural ...Read more


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Can eye melanoma cause watering eyes?

Can eye melanoma cause watering eyes?

Occular Melanoma: Please see: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eye-melanoma/basics/symptoms/con-20027875. I am not an eye doctor. Did not see this symptom listed on above Mayo article. ...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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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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Dry eye lids?

Dry eye lids?

Dermatitis: This could be a contact dermatitis if itchy, which could benefit from a short course of topical steroid ointment. As dr litt mentioned cosmetics could be the inciting factor. Hypoallergenic cosmetics will be less likely to induce this, such as clinique or almay. ...Read more

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Can laser eye surgery fix eye floaters?

Can laser eye surgery fix eye floaters?

No: laser eye surgery such as lasik or prk is done on your cornea to correct your distance prescription. Floaters are condensations of protein located in a different part of your eye called the vitreous and will not be affected by laser eye surgery. ...Read more

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Is eye surgery for nearsighted and farsighted eyes?

Is eye surgery for nearsighted and farsighted eyes?

Yes: There are procedures for farsighted eyes and for nearsighted eyes as well. See an ophthalmologist to discuss your options. ...Read more

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Glaucoma eye drop cause dark eye bag?

Glaucoma eye drop cause dark eye bag?

Side effect: Prostaglandin drops can potentially cause increased pigment (darkening around the eye). ...Read more

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Daily eye drops for whiter eyes?

Daily eye drops for whiter eyes?

Tear replacement: Most eye reddnening is from eye dryness which can be treated with over the counter lubricating or tear replacement drops. The drops that say 'gets the red out' are drying so avoid these unless you need an acute whitening for something like a picture. If you think your redness is chronic, see your ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Best eye drop for dry eyes?

Best eye drop for dry eyes?

Serum tears: There are many otc and rx drops that work best for different sources of dry eye (as mentioned in the other answers). One of the best, though, is for severe dry eyes to make tears from your own serum. Blood is drawn, allowed to clot, centrifuged, diluted with saline, and given back to the patient. In cases that do not respond to the available treatments, this option should be discussed with md. ...Read more

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Will fluorometholone eye drops exacerbate conjunctivitis?

Will fluorometholone eye drops exacerbate conjunctivitis?

It can: Steroids can sometimes worsen viral infections. Can combine antibiotics with steroids during treatment. Otherwise should help conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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Only lower eye lid eye lashes fall and itching red eyes?

Only lower eye lid eye lashes fall and itching red eyes?

Inflammatory: Many causes for this, from autoimmune to inflammatory to malignancy. Would recommend seeing an eyelid specialist for this. ...Read more

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Which eye drops for welders flash?

Which eye drops for welders flash?

Lubricants: Use thick preservative free lubricating drops, gels or ointments do not use "take the red out" drops rest your eyes with your eyelids closed have a complete eye exam because the back of the eye can also be damaged by "welders flash". ...Read more

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Does every glaucoma eye drops grow lashes?

Does every glaucoma eye drops grow lashes?

No: Only the group of drugs known as prostaglandin analogs which include latanoprost,bimatoprost, travoprost and tafluprost cause eyelash growth and iris pigmentation. Beta blockers, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors,alpha agonists and cholinergic drugs do not. ...Read more

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Lazy eye treatment?

Lazy eye treatment?

Several possible: Lazy eye is the process where the brain ignores the "camera" picture from one eye because it is less clear or causes double vision. It can sometimes be improved if the weaker eye is strengthened (glasses), the stronger eye is patched or if the eye is lined up better with surgery. If the process has gone on too long, the brain ignores the fix & surgery is simply cosmetic. ...Read more

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Do all glaucoma eye drops grow eyelashes?

Do all glaucoma eye drops grow eyelashes?

No: Only those drops that fall under the prostaglandin classification have the side effect of growing long lashes. Such drugs go by the trade names of lumigan, travatan z and Xalatan (no generic latanoprost). Latisse (bimatoprost) is Lumigan that is applied to the lashes for the sole purpose of growing long lashes and is a cosmetic form of the medication available by prescription. ...Read more

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Could lasik surgery cause eye floaters?

Could lasik surgery cause eye floaters?

Unlikely from LASIK: Floaters are caused by clumping or debris in the vitreous jelly of the eye. Most near sighted individuals and inidviduals over 50 see floaters at some point in their life. Any type of trauma can exacerbate floaters and if the lasik surgery was 'traumatic' the floaters in the jelly may be noticed or worsened. ...Read more

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What's an eye floater?

What's an eye floater?

Liquefied vitreous: The gel (vitreous) that fills in side of you eye liquefies, usually in our 50/60's, but can occur earlier in eyes that are near sighted or after an injury. New floaters warrant an exam to rule out a retinal detachment or hemorrhage ...Read more

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What causes eye floaters?

What causes eye floaters?

The Vitreous: The vitreous is composed of a clear liquid called hyaluronic acid and fibers called collagen. As we age the vitreous becomes less solid and the collagen fibers become more visible (synuresis). The spots you see are these collagen fiber clumps. They do not cause harm to the eye, they just get in the way. If they are very prominent and reduce visual function they can be removed with a vitrectomy. ...Read more

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