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How To Get My Eyes Whiter
Depends on cause: If you are eyes have gotten bigger because of thyroid disease, there are medications and or surgeries to make them smaller. If you eyes are naturally larger, then we recommend no surgery but if someone is really bothered by their appearance they can see an ophthalmic plastic surgeon or a plastic surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more
Depends : Red eyes can be from inflammation from chronic allergies, dry eye syndrome, blepharitis (minor infection of the eyelid margin), meibomianitis (blocked ducts on eyelid margin, and from benign vascular growths on the conjunctiva called pinguecula (can grow into the cornea then called a pterygium). You need the right diagnosis to get the treatment to get rid of red eyes. You need an eye exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only temporary: Eyeball color, the whites of the eyes, are a combination of the white background overlain with blood vessels and interspersed with pigment some of which accumulates with age. There is a racial underpinning as well. You cannot change the pigment but can temporarily diminish the redness with drops that "get the red out" which can help with photography. ...Read more
1st find cause: For some people, the whites of their eyes really aren't white. For others, liver disease can bring about scleral icterus of yellowing of eyes (similar to jaundiced skin tone). So it's best for you to see your Family Doc to determine cause. Perhaps you have a pterygium or growth on conjunctiva in which case Ophthalmologist would need to evaluate for removal if blocks visual field. ...Read more
Depends: Teeth bleaching in a dental office is your best shot at whitening your teeth. Most bleaching solutions are a type of hydrogen peroxide in gel form. The main difference between over the counter bleaching and in office is concentration . If your teeth are extrinsicly stained, good brushing habits and avoiding coffee sodas and othe acidic drinks will help keep them stay whiter. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends: If your teeth are intact without major restoration, in-office with take home tray teeth whitening is the non-invasive choice, so long as your teeth are healthy ; clean. If your teeth currently are not very dark, then try crest whitestrips or kao sheer white to attain good results. See your dentist who will perform a thorough evaluation and discuss what are your best treatment options. ...Read more
Bleaching: Whitening toothpaste can help reduce stains (coffee, tea, tobacco) on the outside of teeth. But, to really whiten teeth, there are three different types of 'bleaching': 1. Over-the-counter = crest whitestrips. 2. Trays that hold bleaching gel against the teeth, and 3. In-(dental)office bleaching. All three types of whitening are effective. The faster the effects, the more expensive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different ways: Otc whitening strips are effective if used properly (crest whitestrips are a good brand). Also custom made mouthpieces with 10% carbamide perioxide placed in them and supervised by a dentist are probably the number one way to address your concern. Stay away from mall kiosks where tooth whitening is done - very dangerous and possibly illegal in some states. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clean and lubricate: Red eyes can be caused by uv / wind exposure, irritation, dryness and many other factors. The easily controllable ones include uv sunglasses, lid scrubs, and artificial tears - avoid long term use of vaso-constricting 'visine' type drops which can actually worsen the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lid scrubs ; tears: For "simple" blepharitis ; or dry eye you can start with a dilute solution of baby shampoo ; wet wash cloth. With eyes closed, gently wipe eyelash line ; lid horizontally 5-6 times on both sides then rinse with warm water. J;j "no more tears" brand works great. Also, otc high quality tears like optive refresh ; systane ultra 3-4x/day also helpful. ...Read more
Lubricate!: You can try lubricating the eyes with artificial tears one drop 3-4 times a day and taking oral omega 3's like evoa dry eye supplements to stimulate more and better tear production. This will work if they are red due to dryness. Some people just do not have as white as eyes as others. There is nothing you can do to change this that I am aware of. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lubricate!: You can try lubricating the eyes with artificial tears one drop 3-4 times a day and taking oral omega 3's like evoa dry eye supplements to stimulate more and better tear production. This will work if they are red due to dryness. Some people just do not have as white as eyes as others. For one time (urgently) you can use visine get the red out. Visine is not healthy for chronic long term help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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