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Wake Up With Crusty Eyes
The common causes all stem from some type of irritation to the eye; dryness and allergy are probably the most common.
Certain infections, too, could cause a fair amount of discharge that crusts by morning.
If this is chronic, consider dryness, allergy or blepharitis (chronic inflammation of the eyelids). ...Read more
Crusting of the eyelids are usually called blepharitis. This is usually an infection of the eyelids that cause the lids to be thickened and red with debris on the eyelashes. Lid scrubs and warm compressed are used to help resolve this issue. At times you may also need an antibiotic ...Read more
Probably dry: The most common reason for eyes to be crusty and full of debris in the mornings only is dryness which is exaggerated at night when the tear flow drops during sleep. If you do not have visual changes, pain, redness or swelling, then this is the likely reason. You might try applying otc eye ointment in each eye just before sleep. ...Read more
Gpc?: Could be giant papillary conjunctivitis- where the eyes "reject" the contacts. Or, simply pink eye. Stop wearing them and see your eye doctor. ...Read more
My eyes constantly have 'gooey' white stuff in them and worse when I wake up and I also wake up with crusty eyes daily. This is all year long. Ideas?
Day after I drink alcohol I wake up with crusty eyes and sore fingers. Could this allergy or intolerance? If so what's in booze to cause this?
What does it mean if I've been waking up every morning for the past 2 months with crusty eyes and whiteish yellowish discharge?
3yr old had a cold with fever for 6-7 days now has crusty eyes when he wakes up and they are a little pink during day but not itchy. Will it go away?
See the doctor: It sounds like he may have developed conjunctivitis (pinkeye), a common result of a head cold. The drainage is contagious and good hand washing is needed. It is common to have an ear infection at the same time. As he is having fever, I would suggest having him see his pediatrician. ...Read more
My allergies have spontaneously gotten very bad including intense nasal congestion for 5 days and waking up with crusty eyes, and nasal discharge?
What's your question: Go see your Family Doc if over-the-counter allergy medications aren't enough to control your symptoms. Of course, try to figure out what's changed. Weather? Pollen season? Trees & flowers in bloom? Mold w/humidifier use? New foods? Failing that, your Family Doc can evaluate you & offer prescription options. If that doesn't work, s/he can refer to an Allergist for further testing. Maybe allergy sho ...Read more
Very sore throat for 2 weeks with green mucus. Now the last 3 mornings I have been waking up with crusty eyes. Have taken cold & flu tablets no better?
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
Crusty rolling eyes: Crusting is a non-specific sign of eye irritation. It can be seen in dry eye, blepharitis, viral/bacterial conjunctivitis, and many other issues. This is usually not associated with the eyes rolling back so I would recommend seeing an eye doctor for a complete evaluation. ...Read more
How do you treat crusty eyes in the morning? Sometimes it's so bad that I can't even open my eyes.
Blepharitis: Your symptoms sound typical of blepharitis, or granulated eyelids. This is caused by inflammation of the eyelid margins where the lashes come out. In order to help improve your symptoms, you should start a treatment regimen at bedtime. This includes cleaning your lashes with a gentle cleansing pad such as ocusoft. Then you would benefit from an antibiotic ointment or gel from your eye doctor. ...Read more
Clean and massage: Your baby has a clogged tear duct. This is very common. First, you can wipe off the discharge with a clean washcloth 2-3 x/day. Then, you can massage the area between the nasal corner of the eye and the nose by rubbing it with a clean finger for 1 minute. You can massage the duct 4-6 times a day. ...Read more
Warm water rinses: This symptom is most often caused by blepharitis, a very common chronic inflammation of the eyelids, of usually uknown cause. Could also be "allergies". Try rinsing your eyes several times a day with warm water, i.e. In front of a sink, or in the shower. If the symptoms persist, see an eye md (ophthalmologist) for diagnosis and treatment advice. ...Read more
They tend to have: Pseudophed and the like and they dry you out. ...Read more
I have swollen and crusty eyes. What could cause this and what are things I can do to stop this from happenning?
It depends: You may have conjunctivitis. It can be viral, bacterial or allergic. If your secretion is thick, yellow and green then its bacterial. You need to see your eye doc asap to get antibiotic treatment. The viral conjunctivitis usually associated with cold or flue. Allergic conjunctivitis can be itchy. Its better to see your eye doc for a better assessment and treatment. ...Read more
1. Allergy eye drops - otc or prescription - if otc make sure they are 'antihistamine' drops
2. Wet cool washcloth
3. Eyelid scrubs
4. Sun glasses
5. Shower after being outside
6. Oral antihistamines (i.e. Zyrtec, claritin, (loratadine) allegra)
7. Allergy immunotherapy (i.e. Allergy shots). ...Read more
Yes and no...: Certainly crusty eyes is a sign of problems and can cause difficulty wearing your contacts. This symptom can be caused by many things. An ophthalmologist can help you figure out what is going on and solve the problem. Long eyelashes are generally considered a blessing and I do not think they are a cause of trouble with contact lens wear in general. ...Read more
Stop wearing them: If you have redness or discomfort with contact lens use, stop them for a day. If the symptoms do no resolve, see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
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