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What Would Happen If You Kept Your Eyes Closed For 2 Weeks
My two year son has been waking up with his eyes closed because of guck covering them. It only happens at night. Not really during his naps. Wat hap?
See an eye doctor: What you are describing sounds like an eyelid infection (conjunctivitis). The most common cause is bacterial and is usually very easily treated with antibiotic eye drops. An eye doctor can quickly diagnose and treat the condition, and may even take a culture to determine the cause. Don't try to see if it will go away on it's own; it is safer to treat it early. ...Read more
I have bad cold and now I am waking up with bloodshot itchy watery eyes crusted closed when I wake up in the am. Was right eye two days ago now both.
Conjunctivitis: Sounds like you need some antibiotics and possibly some eye drops, better perform a virtual consult so we can send them to your pharmacy. ...Read more
Two days ago my nose had swelling on the left inside wall. Now two days later swelling progressed two left side under eye (eye swollen closed)lip swolle?
Could I have staph in my eye? This girl on my team just two days ago got staph in her eye. Well today they closed the gym for a few days because it has staph in it. My right eye is starting to bother me on the corner, on the line of my eyelashes and on my
If the skin around your eye becomes swollen or red, if you have discharge from your eye, redness in the white area of the eye, or any vision changes, you should see medical care. The symptoms that you have as of now don't sound too serious, but change can occur rapidly. If everything looks normal, this can wait, because you won't be treated as a preventative measure anyway.
Staph infections are potentially very serious, so if anything changes for the worse, find a qualified ophthalmologist to examine you and treat if needed. ...Read more
Eye has been red for two days, today I noticed a white spot. My eye doctor is closed tomorrow, if this is an ulcer will I be okay until Thursday?
Could be an ulcer: It sounds like you have had this experience before. Ulcers occur on the cornea, especially in relationship to contact lens overwear. Take the lens out and keep the eye clean. If you have left over antibiotics from your previous experience, it is best to start them. If the condition gets at all worse, then see another eye doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
It's never: Been done. But nothing would happen to the eyes. ...Read more
I exprncd this on a carousel as a kid! I closed my eyes as it spinned faster and wen I opened em, I saw things upside down! What happened to the eyes?
Carousel: It's not what happened to the eyes, but the brain. The spinning of the carousel, and closing, then opening your eyes, confused your brain in processing the visual information temporarily. ...Read more
Very low chance: While there are no statistics, the chance of a person's two eyes being different colors (heterochromia) is extremely low. More commonly, some people are born with a segment of one iris being a different color from the rest. Also, certain diseases can either increase the brown color (nevus, melanoma) while others can lighten the eye (certain inflammations and glaucomas). ...Read more
Eye color: This may be congenital resulting from either horners syndrome or it could be a specific eye problem causing loss of pigment or atrophy of the iris of one eye. If it is aquired then it can be due to iris damage either from inflammation, trauma or surgery. The condition is called heterochromia. ...Read more
No: The risk of staring at the sun is with the open eyes as the light could be focused on the retina and damage the light receptors. It is annoying to have the sun shining for a lengthy period on the eyes, and that is why those sun shields which look like two cups held together with a connecting rod are so popular on the beach. ...Read more
Not usually: If both eyes are healthy, and the neural connections are intact, both eyes should react similarly to light. A standard test in the ophthalmology clinic involves exposing each eye to a bright light to examine the pupil response. If one pupil does not react properly, that could indicate a problem. If you are noticing differences between your eyes, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Very rare: In humans it is considered a rare occurrence. It is estimated at 0.006% odds. Or roughly 6 in 1000 people. That makes it roughly around 250, 000 people in usa. ...Read more
Yes: It is a basic reflex everyone has, when the eyelids close, the eyes roll up. You can carefully pull the eyelids of a friend (with their permission) back and see that you see mainly the whites of their eyes (sclera) where the pupil would be if the eye was open voluntarily... The reflex is called bell's phenomenon. ...Read more
Sudden Blurry Vision: Painless transient episodes of blurry vision can be caused by many things at your age. Most frequent is dry eye, then blepharitis and perhaps floaters from a pvd. Whenever something alters the surface of your eye, vision can blur. One thing not to forget is to be checked for diabetes if this happens. Most importantly, be seen by your local eye specialist to help determine cause. Do not ignore. ...Read more
When my eyes are closed and lights are flashing, I feel suddenly very afraid. Is there an explanation for this?
Not your eyes: There may be an explanation but it does not in any way mean anything is wrong with your eyes. Talk to your pcp. ...Read more
Eyes get really sensitive to sun light lately is it maybe because the sun has not been out in two weeks where I live?
Possible: Are you sensitive to other light as well? If not, don't worry about it. ...Read more
Why do I often feel like when I lay down, sit or stand still, with closed eyes, that what I'm on is swaying or rippling under me?
Balance: In addition to parts of our brain, peripheral nerves in our feet and tracts in our spinal cord, we use vision to maintain balance or to give us confidence in our balance. Closing your eyes removes that part of the balance mechanism. I doubt you have any serious imbalance problem. ...Read more
Sometimes I feel as though I can see light or colors when in a dark room, getting ready for bed, or when my eyes are just closed. Is this normal?
Mind playing tricks: I wouldn't be concerned about it unless u have other symptoms or problems. The brain is trying hard to see something and creating that illusion that something is there. Kind of like a phantom limb. Tinnitus is the same way. If u can't hear ur brains starts creating sound ...Read more
For the last two weeks I have found that sometimes when I blink my eyes go blurry for a few seconds and then return to normal I am also short sighted?
Dry eye: Your cornea is responsible for 2/3 of the focusing ability of your eye. If its dry, the surface can be irrgeular and cause blurred vision until you blink, re-wet it, making it smooth and better able to focus light. If this persists, have your eye doctor check it. ...Read more
I went from having blue eyes to brown/green at age two why till such a late age does that happen?
Typical: Babies eyes are very often blue at birth and pigmentation doesn't begin to develop until some time later. This is very common. ...Read more
I opened my eyes wide and I had double Vision for a minute or two and went away is it normal to happen?
My son is suffering from swelling on eyes for two or three hours everyday after sleep. Why does this happen?
Several things: You describe symptoms that can only be honestly assessed by your doctor in his or her office. Only after a thorough evauation will he/she be able to come up with what's wrong and what to do to get you better. ...Read more
Afterimage: Groups of receptors in the retina modify the signal they send to the brain when looking at the same image for a while. They may even send an opposite signal as they balance the inputs for maximum vision. Looking at a yellow light will often cause a purple afterimage for a few minutes. It is harmless. Enjoy the show. ...Read more
Squinting: It is important to give your baby's age, squinting can be normal in the early few month of life but you can chech with your pediatrician to make sure your baby's eyes are ok or not & if he needs to see an ophthalmologist. Good luck. ...Read more
After-image: It is not uncommon if you have been staring at a computer screen for periods of time to see a purple after-image when you close your eyes. Similarly, if you have been outside and looking in the direction of the sun that you will see an after-image. Almost any light source can generate such an after-image and the after image will be brighter with brighter lights and longer viewing times. ...Read more
See below: Heterochromia, different colored irides, can be hereditary. It can also be a part of rare syndrome such as waardenburg syndrome (white forelock of hair, hearing defect). ...Read more
Possible infection: Your description sounds like an infectious process; typically conjunctivitis presents like you have described. Your symptoms may be either viral, or bacterial in origin; which is hard to discern based on your description and the lack of the 'whole story'. A visit to your primary care provider is warranted to further evaluate your eyes. ...Read more
After images: Depends what is meant by streaming. There are all sorts of after-images that can be seen with eyes closed depending on what was being looked at and how bright those objects or lights were. Intrinsic light phenomena or entoptics can be caused by light diffusing through the lids, by migraine visual episodes, and by vitreous gel tugging on the retina, just to name a few. See your local eye doc. ...Read more
No: However looking at the sun with your eyes open can do it. ...Read more
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