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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dry eye: Your description sounds like dry eye. Initial treatment is frequent artificial tears during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses a few times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. If persistent contact lens intolerance persists, i will typically place bilateral lower lid plus and/or start restasis. If no improvement, you should see an eye doctor for further evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Common: When the human cornea becomes dry, it's surface can become irregular and swollen. This may cause the light entering the eye(s) to be distorted and the vision to be blurred. Reconstituting the volume and quality of the tear film will typically resolve the blurring. This can be accomplished with artificial tears, lacrimal plugs, anti-inflammatory drops, and restasis! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Temporary: When the eyes are dry there is a change in the tear pool over the front which can alter the vision. This is temporary and corrected with treatment of the dryness - usually with lubricating eyedrops. Only if the dryness is profound (eyes always red, irritated and painful) can the vision be affected more permanently. ...Read more
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 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
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
Not typically: Allergies manifest in eyes by making them itchy & watery while dry eyes feel gritty & relieved upon tearing (but tearing is secondary to dryness, not primary complaint). There are many causes of dry eyes so if you're not better w/OTC options, time to see your Ophthalmologist or Optometrist. Check out http://goo.gl/4eI7Kl for medical perspective on difference btwn two conditions. ...Read more
Common problem: Tear flow drops at night and sometimes below subjective threshold so you feel it at that time. Be sure their are no fans playing on your bed, that you are well hydrated, and you can add a squirt of plain eye ointment before you sleep to help. If the condition persists and is too uncomfortable to live with, see your ophthalmologist for further options. ...Read more
Contacts use water: Modern soft contact lenses soak up much of the water in your tear film when they are on your eye. When you remove them, that water goes with them, leaving a smaller amount of water remaining than if no contact lenses had been there. This can be very inconvenient if you already have dry eyes, a condition more common in folks over 50. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Artificial tears: There are drops for this, namely optive that i like and use. Also there are contact lenses specifically for eye that get dry, ie acuvue oasys or air optics. The contact lens solution is also important, do not use generic brands, they just do not work as well as mane brands. ...Read more
My eyes dry out too quickly. Been told its due to blocked tear ducts/glands. What can I do to unblock them?
Dry eyes: Are due to a deficiency or an imbalance of the three components of your tear film. Ocular surface inflammation can also contribute to the symptoms, but this is not related to blocked tear ducts. Dry eyes are often not curable but can be managed well with various types of drops. You should see your ophthalmologist to discuss these treatment options. ...Read more
Can the fan make your eyes dry when your eyes are closed or when your asleep. the fan blows on me when i go to sleep but my eyes are closed ?
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Contact irritation: Causes could include: dirty lenses that need to be replaced with new ones; a sensitivity to contact solution; environmental allergies; poorly fitting lenses; lenses with wrong water content for your eyes; dry eye. Dry eye may be due to hormones, medications (eg antihistamines, retin a) or environment. It is probably best if you see your eye doctor asap to help trouble shoot this problem. ...Read more
Is there an alternative vision correcting surgery for dry eyes? I heard lasik makes normal eyes dry after and I don't want my eyes to get dryer.
LASIK no for dry eye: All refractive surgery will worsen dry eye. If you really want to correct your vision surgically then you will have to treat your dry eye first and after the surgery. There is no alternative. There are good medications and lifestyle changes you can make to improve dry eye. ...Read more
HVAC system or: Home allergens could be the source of your overnight problems. A humidifier is a small investment to start with to place in your bedroom and see if your symptoms decrease. Also trying an over-the-counter clariten or Allegra (fexofenadine) course might be first lines to combat seasonal allergies, in addition to a visit with your pcp. ...Read more
Yes: Could be any of these or many other things. Need more information to help answeer your question ...Read more
Severe pink eye 3 wks ago. Eyes dry at night and a little crusty in AM still. How long til it gets better? can I wear contacts? Makeup?
Pink eye: If you can send a photo that may help us see if you had epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) and residual scar tissue. Consult with us to determine if it is safe to go back to your contact lenses: depends if you had EKC. ...Read more
If I'm taking my nasal steroid spray do I have to continue with antihistamines because it makes my eyes dry?
Severe dry eyes; dry lips and skin; malaise. Should i get a referral to see a rheumatologist (symptoms could be sjogren's?)?
Yes: Your symptoms are consistent with sjogren's. You might also consider seeing an eye md who can measure your tear production. Lastly, there is a new finger stick test for sjogren's which will help make diagnosis much earlier than traditional blood testing called sjo made by nicox. Only a few offices currently offer it at the moment, though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer