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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 typically: Many infants will have crusty eyes, especially in the morning, in the first 6-9 months. This is a condition known as dacryostenosis, or a narrow tear duct. Although antibiotics are often prescribed for dacryostenosis, they don't help long term. Signs of infection include fever, pain, bloodshot eyes, sensitivity to light, redness of the skin around the eye or drainage that is thick yellow/green. ...Read more

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How do I lessen my baby’s morning eye crust?

How do I lessen my baby’s morning eye crust?

A warm wash cloth: Gently wiping with a warm, wet wash cloth is the best method. If the crusting is persistent, the skin around the eye is red or your baby's eyes are bloodshot or sensitive to light, then it is recommended to check with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Why do I get crusty eye goop in the morning?

Why do I get crusty eye goop in the morning?

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

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What makes my eyes red and crusted shut in the morning?

What makes my eyes red and crusted shut in the morning?

Blepharitis, allergy: Most commonly, this would be blepharitis (chronic inflammation of the eyelids). The mainstays of treatment are daily hot compresses to the eyelids coupled with careful, gentle eyelid/eyelash washing with dilute baby shampoo or a commercial wipe like ocusoft. If your vision is affected, symptoms are worsening or don't respond to the above, see your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Why are my eyes having eye crust when I wake up in the morning?

Why are my eyes having eye crust when I wake up in the morning?

Blepharitis, allergy: Blepahritis--crusting of lashes esp in am, redness, burning, tearing, light sensitivity. Assoc. W/ blocked oil glands &/or dandruff of lashes. Treatment with daily lid scrubs (ocusoft pads dilute baby shampoo) and warm compresses. May need antibiotics from doc. Allergy--itching, redness, tearing also will be crusty in am. Treat with antihistamine drops. Zadiator otc or other rx from doc. ...Read more

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Eyes crusted shut in the morning the past couple of days. Do I need eyedrops?

Eyes crusted shut in the morning the past couple of days.  Do I need eyedrops?

Depends: It depends on the cause of the crustiness and depends on what you mean by eyedrops. Just about everything we use in ophthalmology is eyedrops: antibiotics, allergy med, glaucoma med, steroid, nonsteroidal, etc. If you mean artificial tears, then yes, you could try it, and if the cause was dry eyes, it would help. Best thing though, is to see your eye doctor. ...Read more

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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

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My eyes are crusty in the morning and the lids are suddenlyextremely dry. I always us an eye creme, however the lids are still so dry and irritated. What should I do?

My eyes are crusty in the morning and the lids are suddenlyextremely dry. I always us an eye creme, however the lids are still so dry and irritated. What should I do?

See your doctor: You may have a condition called blepharitis. This is a treatable condition of inflammation of the margins and glands of the eyelids. You need to consult an eye doctor for specific treatment. An over the counter lubricating creme will not address the problem. ...Read more

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