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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi Dr. Sajjadi
Ophthalmology
36 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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What could crust on eyes mean?

What could crust on eyes mean?

Usually Blepharitis: Blepharitis or plugging up of oil producing glands of the eyelid which is stress related is extremely common these days. The stale oil is discharged at night and can form a crust on the eye lashes. Occasionally a lingering viral infection may keep a crust on the eyes. You should see an ophthalmologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Gutti Rao Dr. Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
42 years in practice
Dr M.G.R. Medical University, Madras, Christian Medical College
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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky Dr. Belilovsky
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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What does it mean when baby has crust in the eyes?

What does it mean when baby has crust in the eyes?

Can happen with...: ...Infection, or narrowing of the tear duct (dacryostenosis) - your doctor can tell the difference.

Dr. Tim Conrad Dr. Conrad
Ophthalmology
30 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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What does it mean when a baby's eyes have greenish crust?

What does it mean when a baby's eyes have greenish crust?

Infection: A yellow to green discharge is often a sign of an eye infection. Get the baby to the doctor soon.

Dr. Marcus Degraw Dr. Degraw
Pediatrics
18 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Does morning crust in my baby’s eye mean there is an infection?

Does morning crust in my baby’s eye mean there is an infection?

Not necessarily: Based on what you are saying, most likely not. Babies have a tendency to develop minor crusting simply because their tears pool a bit more and thus create more crust. Babies have a tendency to have a blocked tear drainage duct and thus have more crust. If the white part of the eye is not red, and there is no red or swollen eyelid, then there is unlikely to be an infection - i.E no pink eye.

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Dr. Pablo Arango Dr. Arango
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
20 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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Stuffy nose, mild cough, really sore throat, blood shot eyes that crust horribly over night. What could these symptoms mean?

Stuffy nose, mild cough, really sore throat, blood shot eyes that crust horribly over night. What could these symptoms mean?

Sounds like a cold: All these symptoms are pretty typical, of your run of the mill viral cold. If the symptoms last more than 7-10 days or are accompanied by high fever greater than 101, i'd talk to your doctor.

Dr. Daniel Schainholz Dr. Schainholz
Ophthalmology
30 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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My right eye keeps watering. I woke up with crust in my eye. I think it's allergy issue. What should I do to fix it?

My right eye keeps watering. I woke up with crust in my eye. I think it's allergy issue. What should I do to fix it?

Herpes eye infection: Unless you are allergic to your bedsheets, the cause of a unilateral crusty, watery eye with itching is more likely a bacterial superinfection. However, with the history of a cold sore (a herpes virus type I reactivation) you really should see an ophthalmologist urgently to rule out herpes keratitis. This might be serious. The diagnosis can be challenging, so the eye-md is your best choice.

Dr. Matthew Goren Dr. Goren
Ophthalmology
28 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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My eyes have light crust in a.M. Why?

My eyes have light crust in a.M. Why?

Normal?: It is normal to have some amount of "sleep" on the lids when you wake up. You also may have a condition called blepharitis which commonly produces this symptom. Warm compresses in the evening can help.

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Dr. Ari Weitzner Dr. Weitzner
Ophthalmology
29 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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My eyes are bloodshot and feel dry and crusty.?

My eyes are bloodshot and feel dry and crusty.?

Blepharitis: Probably blepharitis, an inflammatory condition of the lids. Conjunctivitis or dry eye also. Try artificial tears and keep your lids clean. If no improvement, see ophthalmologist.

Dr. William Goldstein Dr. Goldstein
Ophthalmology
27 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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What does it mean if your eyes always feel strained?

What does it mean if your eyes always feel strained?

Dry eye vs cvs: Dryness and computer overuse are common causes of eye strain. Get a good eye exam to rule out other problems. If you spend a lot of time onthe computer, try to take a one minute break every hour.

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Dr. George Yang Dr. Yang
Ophthalmology
23 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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Cyl eye test -2.5 means what?

Cyl eye test -2.5 means what?

Astigmatism: The 'cyl' column in your eye prescription refers to astigmatism. You can think of astigmatism like warping on the surface of your eye -- like a football shape compared to a basketball shape. You have 2.5 diopters of astigmatism.

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh Dr. Ashrafzadeh
Ophthalmology
20 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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My eyes are yellow! What does this mean?

My eyes are yellow! What does this mean?

Jaundice!: When the white of the eye start turning yellow, it is called jaundice. That is seen in patient with liver dysfunction. See you doctor for more definitive evaluation!

Dr. Jay Bradley Dr. Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
14 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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Black dots on white of eye mean anything?

Black dots on white of eye mean anything?

Black dots: Black dots on the white of the eye can be many issues. Causes include foreign bodies, nevii, congenital pigmentation, oculodermal melanosis, topical medications, primary acquired melanosis, melanoma, or other issues. See an eye doctor.

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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What does it mean for eyes to be dilated?

What does it mean for eyes to be dilated?

Open the pupil: Dilation occurs naturally in less well lit places. It can be artificially induced by a drug called tropicamide which is the common one that ophthalmologists use for their examinations. There are other drops that can dilate the pupil. A pupil dilated by drugs is larger and usually does not react to light.

Dr. Tim Conrad Dr. Conrad
Ophthalmology
30 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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What does mean when your eyes turn yellow?

Jaundice: If the whites of your eyes have turned yellow, it is possible that you have elevated levels of bilirubin in your blood. See a doctor soon, as this is a serious medical problem.

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Dr. Bruce Saran Dr. Saran
Ophthalmology
29 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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A lot of eye crust, should I be concerned?

A lot of eye crust, should I be concerned?

Heat, age, hygiene: It is most likely dried tears and discharge from blepharitis-gets worse when its hotter, poor lid hygiene and aging. Regular lid hygiene with occaisional topical antibiotics controls it. Warm compress with lid scrubs. Bad cases or rosacea (see your doctor for this diagnosis) are often given systemic antibiotics (pills you take by mouth) in addition to topical. Its never cured-its controlled!

Dr. Matheson Harris Dr. Harris
Ophthalmology
12 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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What does 20/50-3 vision mean for my l eye?

What does 20/50-3 vision mean for my l eye?

Missed a few: This means you read part of the 20/50 line, but missed 3 letters.

Dr. Richard Hector Dr. Hector
Ophthalmology
5 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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What does yellow in the whites of eyes mean?

What does yellow in the whites of eyes mean?

Mild scarring: There is common yellowing from exposure, dryness, etc, and then there is more severe yellowing from liver disease.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What does it mean when your eyes are yellow?

What does it mean when your eyes are yellow?

Jaundice/ icterus: If the whites of the eyes turn yellow - this is called jaundice and can be related to a number of health conditions. This warrants medical evaluation.