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Why Do Our Eyes Look Smaller When We Get Older
I'm 16 yrs old. Why would I get floaters in both my eyes suddenly? My eye doc looked around really good and said I have healthy eyes, and wasn't worried
Usually normal: Most people notice the fibrils of collagen in the vitreous humor of the eye as floaters. Myodesopsia is normal and occurs because the fibrils cast a shadow on the retina. After a while, your brain ignores them, and they seem to disappear. They sometimes occur in certain eye diseases. See an eye doctor if you are concerned or if the floaters appear as many small dots. ...Read more
My 5 month old has small pupils. They are totally equal in size, respond to light and definitely get bigger, but they just never get really big. Dr checked her eyes and said it's fine, it's just her and she has very light eyes. Ok?
Its fine: If a doctor has examined the baby and is not concerned, its fine ...Read more
My 2 month old pulls her hair a lot and has now manage to get a small stran in her eye is there a way to take it out or should she go to the ER?
A doctor: Or nurse should remove the object if it is small and in her eye. You can rinse her eye with gentle saline eye drops but should not try to touch the eye itself with your fingers or any tools. ...Read more
No: The eyes stay the same size as we age. Because surrounding skin sags the opening may appear smaller. ...Read more
Your eyes do not get smaller as you age, unless there has been catastrophic damage to an eye and you have lost most or all of your vision and the eye is not functional anymore.
More likely, you may develop drooping of the eyelids (ptosis) or excess skin overhanging the upper eyelids (blepharochalasis) that makes your eyes appear smaller. ...Read more
I am 45 years old and the older I get the worse the bags under my eyes get. Lastnight I had the fan on. And the this morning were worse then normal?
Time, age, genetics: Unfortunately, as we get older, tissues get weaker. This tissue keeps the fat from bulging in our eyelids. As we get older, some people have more of a tendency for these fat pads in our lower lids to bulge forward. Sometimes these 'bags' can appear more severe with fluid retention. Most likely turning on the fan was not a direct cause.... ...Read more
Bags: As people age, their eyelid skin begins to thin. Some people develop bags under the eyes. If severe, they can be fixed surgically. ...Read more
Red eyelids: The most common cause for temporary redness of the eyelids is rubbing. I urge you to try to stop touching or rubbing your eyes. If you have irritation, check with your eye doctor as to a cause for the irritation. ...Read more
What can help with dark circles around my eyes? I'm only 18 I thought older people only get them?
Genetics: For some people, incease skin pigmentation in various locations on their body is inherited. Fatigue can make us look more tired and accentuate the appearance of lower lid pigmentation. If this trait runs in your family, then you can blame your genes and spend more time with eyelid concealer. ...Read more
Diseases/Medications: Adding to dr. May's answer - older folks also tend to have more conditions/diseases like thyroid disease, arthritis, etc and these can lead to ocular surface disease/dry eye. Medications, like blood pressure meds, diuretics, and antacids (like nexium) can cause dry eye. And the longer you live, the more you have been exposed to environmental effects of photochemical pollutants and pollen. ...Read more
Former: Most kids have bluish eyes that slowly darken with age. ...Read more
The: Little glands around the eyelid get pressed. ...Read more
Contact lens: are my eyes too small or do I have to get used to not blinking when I put them on? Something's not working.
I have small bumps inside my eyes and I get mucus in them during the whole day specialy in the mornings what does that mean?
Hi, my 10 years old son has around his eyes small red dots, he didn't had nothing new, no temperature, came out overnight. Thank you?
If they are flat and asymptomatic, these are possibly petechiae, or small bruises. Ask him if he did anything vigorous like standing on his head or rough-housing with friends, or even straining to go to the bathroom.
If they occur in other places on his body then you should definitely check in with his pediatrician. ...Read more
With the beginning of spring, my son's eyes get watery a lot. He's 11 years old. Is there something over the counter that you can recommend?
My 8 year old always has dark circles all the way around her eyes! What causes this? Is this normal? Should I be worried? Should she get tested?
Dark circles: She may have allergic shiners caused by nasal allergies. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
I have been seeing these squiggly lines in my eyes, they start off small and get bigger to the point where I can't see with a migraine. What is this?
Younger I had equal big eyes but as I get older my eyes is kind of "puffy", narrower and one of my eye is smaller than the other. Cause and solution?
Surgeon: See facial plastic surgeon for assessment.Get a more detailed answer ›
We have a 25day old son. Sometimes we struggle to get to sleep. He would close his eyes and it looks like he's about to sleep, then starts crying agai?
Let him work it out: Sleeping is a natural event & babies are not "aware" that it is happening. They are only aware of their alert moments & often like to cling to them. If you are working to get him to sleep, please stop. Put him in the crib awake, sit nearby if you must, but let him settle without physical contact. He can cry if he wishes, let him. If you don't make this change now this will persist for years. ...Read more
My 4 year old fainted for about 3min after she saw her own blood from a small cut today, (this includes lazy eyes as well) this has happen before few times when she was 3. What this could be?
Hard to say: This often occurs if the kid has been coughing hard or vomiting. Without more information, that's all I could offer. ...Read more
I have very dark hollows under my eyes that make me look old and I am a teenager. What can I do to get rid of them?
Allergies: These are sometimes referred to as allergic shiners. A visit to an allergist and testing for food, and environmental allergies may help once you eliminate the underlying cause. ...Read more
Is it safe to get a 4 yrs old child's eyes tested again after 3 days? Doctors use some sort of drops for this age.
Yes: The drops are a temporary way to dilate the iris so that more of the eye's structures can be examined. The effect disappears after the drug leaves the system and everything returns to normal. This can be done as needed but with caution. The eyes are dilated so wide that they cannot "close" the iris to reduce excessive light which would cause discomfort. ...Read more
Pressure on eyes and when I close my eyes, look down and open eyes I get bad double vision. Is this concerning or just something small?
I am 27 years old and I have dry eyes. Would the foodsrich in lutein help me? If not, what's the permanent solution to get more lubricity in the eyes?
Hi I'm just wondering if you can give me advice on how to get rif of yellowing around the edges of my eyes they are also bloodshot (i'm a 14 year old)?
Under age: You need to be 16 to use this platform, but given your description, it warrants a doctor's visit, ER or the ophthalmologist, you cannot be helped online, good luck ...Read more
My 5 year old has very small red spots all around his eyes they almost look like freckles but red!! Want can this be?
My 7 week old has brown eyes and around her pupil is an outline of a very light beige color. Can her eyes get lighter?
Eye color: In all probability the color of the iris will darken with time and will not get lighter. ...Read more
What to do if I am 17 and got realy bad eyes, so what persifically does eye surgery do, and how old do you have to be to get?
I am 18 years old female. I have dark circles around my eyes. I would prefer some home remedies to get rid of the dark circles.
Dark circles: You may have allergies and your dark circles may be known as allergic shiners. See an allergist or your doctor for conformation. ...Read more
I'm 50 yes old and have typed 2 diabetes. I have bags under my eyes and I read that it may mean a kidney problem. How can I get rid of them.
Fluids, nutrition: You can't really get rid of bags under your eyes at the age of 50. And if you are concerned about a kidney problem, see your doctor, although I am unaware of bags under the eyes signifying a kidney problem. Make sure you are getting plenty of fluids, an average of 7 hours of sleep/night, and good nutrition. Good luck. ...Read more
What are the white zig zags that will appear in your vision? They start out small in one eye and then get bigger in both eyes. Headache afterwards.
Hi I have vitiligo I used benoquin (monobenzone) to union the color of my body. I still got small spots on the face around the eyes? Where to get real benoquin (monobenzone)?
Protect your eyes: Keep this stuff out of your eyes! And if you get some in, rinse immediately and consider seeing a doctor. ...Read more
I have these wave sensation running across my head and upper back. It's like a small electrical shock. More so when I'm walking around or standing. It seems connected to my eyes. When I move my eyes quickly, I get the sensation. Started a day ago.
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