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What Does It Mean When I Have Crust In My Eye
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. ...Read more
What does it mean if I've been waking up every morning for the past 2 months with crusty eyes and whiteish yellowish discharge?
Can happen with...: ...Infection, or narrowing of the tear duct (dacryostenosis) - your doctor can tell the difference. ...Read more
Infection: A yellow to green discharge is often a sign of an eye infection. Get the baby to the doctor soon. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
You don't really: This crusting generally comes from tears that pool while sleeping. The tears accumulate more in a closed eye (and in babies drain less easily) and dry out and crust. This is common in babies and is technically not a problem. Wipe the crust with a warm washcloth in the morning and this will improve as the child ages. ...Read more
Normal or infection: All night long, our closed eyes provide a warm, dark, moist environment for bacteria to grow, and there can be a constant battle between these bacteria and our natural defenses. The "goop" you see is the product of that all-night battle, and some people tend to get more goop than others. There are some conditions, like blepharitis (eyelid inflammation) that tend to produce more of this discharge. ...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
Supportive care: I agree and would like to add that supportive care, warm compresses and gentle massage of the area where the lower eye lid meets the nose will help. If there is a lot of discharge, a topical antibiotic may be needed. Bring this to the attention of your pediatrician during your next appointment. ...Read more
Washcloth or tissue: A clean washcloth or tissue with water would work the best. ...Read more
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