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Eyes Feel Sandy
Hi doctor, can I rinse my relative eyes with normal saline because she has an irritation, pain and also sandy feeling in the eye??
Many eyedrops: The normal saline is to me unknown as to saline strength and sterility. Multiple eye drops are available in the pharmacies which can function as eye rinse. Unless there is an immediate need, you can wait to purchase the proper drops. If the symptoms are persistent, it would be wise to see an ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more
I am 18 year old. I have lots of tiny red bumps on my entire face, forehead, cheek, under eyes and chin, above lips. I feel always sandy?
Conjunctivitis?: It would be surprising if your eye has shrunk. Maybe you have swelling around the eye, making the eye seem smaller by comparison. Along with "sandy" feeling, you may have conjunctivitis, i.e. inflammation of the surface of the eye, eyelids, etc. Also called pink-eye. Most cases are not serious, but sometimes serious. See doctor if it lasts more than a week or immediately if any pain. ...Read more
A few options: I assume the vision is unaffected in which case you should see an ophthalmologist right away. Otherwise it could be dryness, allergy, unilateral infection and some other issues as well. Try treating it with over the counter antiallergic drops like Zaditor, and if this does not work then seek help. ...Read more
Often this complaint comes from some type of issue with residual erosion or severe dryness.
I would see an eye md or a corneal specialist for an examination if it is a persistent problem. Also I would look to see if you have a fan on a night or are sleeping in an overly dry environment. Often overhead fans can cause severe dryness to the eyes. ...Read more
2 different meaning:
1. Your eyes were closed you were sunbathing and your eyelids have sunburn. No permanent effect on vision.
2. Affecting vision: a. Staying in bright sun in the sand or snow for a long time, temporary sun burnt eyes, it will almost always recover.
B. Looking directly with or without protection at the sun: may get a retinal burn and have permanent decrease in vision. ...Read more
Various reasons: The conjunctiva, which lines the surface of the eye, can develop patches of pigmentation over the years to have a "muddy" appearance. Yellowish spots on the inside and outside of the iris called pinguecula are also normal changes, usually related to exposure to sun and wind. Redness can be from allergy, dry eye, and other causes. Any new pigmented place on the eye in a caucasian should be checked. ...Read more
Depends: Classic pink eye in children and adults is a viral condition, contagious, best treated with lubricating eye drops and warm soaks. Isolate the child/adult and items which contact the eye secretions to lower spread. Your ophthalmologist can tell you if it is bacterial in which case antibiotics can also be given. If the vision is unaffected, these will clear in 3-10 days mostly. ...Read more
Not wise: You can of course with your normal blink rate but the sunlight or tanning machine light can affect the eye surface and cause some short term or long term effects. That is why tanning glasses are available, seen so common on beaches and a requirement for those using tanning booths. ...Read more
Lazy eye: Lazy eye is the lay term for amblyopia, a condition where the vision in one eye does not develop properly. It is treatable if diagnosed in childhood. Causes include strabismus, a high refractive error in one eye, childhood cataracts and ptosis to name a few. The term lazy eye is often misused to mean wandering eye (strabismus) or a droopy eyelid (ptosis) both of which are treatable in adults. ...Read more
???: I'm unsure of the question but if you have a sandy feeling in the eyes, you could have dry eyes or blepharitis. The causes are numerous. You could try artificial tears first. Seeing an eye care professional would be recommended for the best care. Since you live in Orlando, I'd be happy to help since we have a comprehensive dry eye clinic. ...Read more