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Microaneurysms In Eye
On Thursday I was told I need a dye injected to see if a microaneurysm has healed. If not, might I require laser surgery?
Wait: Wait for the results, then the DR will give you all your options. ...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
Not for the eyes: Vaseline is not intended for use on the eyes or eyelids. Specially prepared ophthalmic ointments (both prescription and otc) are safe to be used on the eyes and eyelids. It will considerably blur the vision for 15-30 minutes or more. Some ointments are available preservative free, but some people are sensitive to lanolin which may be found in ointment. ...Read more
3 steps:: Step 1: see an eye doctor immediately! Protrusion of an eyeball can lead to pressure on the optic nerve from stretching. Step 2: you and your ophthalmologist need to find the cause. Each cause is treated differently. Often requires an MRI and thyroid tests. Step 3: treatment of the underlying condition first followed by surgery if necessary. Best of luck! ...Read more
Yes: Depends what you mean. You blink to keep the tear film over the surface of the eye, which protects the eye from infection and keep the surface moist and vision clear. When reading sometimes one does not blink enough and results in blurred vision and tearing. This is not serious, but annoying. ...Read more
Unrelated to crusts: Parinaud's syndrome is a number of symptoms associated with damage to a particular brain region that controls eye movements. These primarily include difficulty looking upward, a constant downward gaze, inability to coordinate eyes, and pupil malfunction. Parinaud's is caused by brain injury; increased pressure inside the head, stroke, or tumor. All are unrelated to conditions of the eye itself. ...Read more
Eye Twitching: This is technically referred to as myokyemia. Most causes of this are benign and short lives. Stress, lack of sleep, and eye strain have all been implicated. Caffeine and alcohol are also thought to play a role in some instances. There are some much less common neurological disorders, so a physician evaluation is a good idea. ...Read more
Irritation: The substances in jalapeño are a chemical irritant to the eyes. When exposed to a chemical irritant the conjunctiva reacts which causes tearing. ...Read more
Choriodal Nevi: This means freckle in eye. Most of them are benign, but you want to follow the recommendation of an ophthalmologist as sometimes people can have choroidal melanoma - a tumor in the eye. Typically photographs can be taken to monitor for changes and if so then sometimes a biopsy is needed. Please see your ophthalmologist if you have not done so. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends: The amount of eye injury depends on the amount and tye of ocular tissue disrupted by the perforation. If the object penetrates, but doesn't perforate the eye, trauma may be minimal. Perforating injuries of the lens cause cataract, the iris can tear and bleed. Retinal trauma can be devestating. A rupture to the cornea or sclera cannot always be repaired. Velocity of the injury can also disrupt. ...Read more
Many options: Is this a new event? Or something of long standing? Is it asymptomatic or does it hurt? Is it growing, bulging above skin level, inflammatory? If any of these questions are positive, then you should consult with your ophthalmologist or a dermatologist. Once pathology is eliminated then a cosmetic approach might be considered. ...Read more
Depends: Most pink eye is viral which has to just go away on its own and the treatment is to improve comfort and prevent spread. Bacterial causes are cured easily with antibiotic eye drops. Allergic causes are treated with allergy eye drops. There are other less common causes as well. But garden variety viral conjunctivitis has to run its course. ...Read more