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This is my first time on this site - so don't know the routine.
Ok. don't worry. It's not that complicated.
Well, that's not the way to diagnose pink eye, eh?
and not the treatment for it if she did.....
Sad thing - she was being shadowed by a med student.
Ya, well, I don't do heart attacks and primary care doc's shouldn't do eyes :o)
Well It sounds like you have a couple of things going on. First is allergies, second dry eyes and third blepharitis.
When it comes to allergies it is almost impossible to pin down the offending agent(s) and, therefore, treatment needs to focus on controlling the symptoms. Dry eyes are very common and can be improved by a stepwise series of therapies. First, the use of natural tears 4-6+ times/day to augment your natural tear production, if this doesn’t work then you can try temporary punctal occlusion of the lower puncta, then, if needed, temporary occlusion of all 4 puncta then, if indicated surgical ( non-reversible) closure of the puncta. The openings to your tear drainage system are called puncta and you have one opening on each lid, near your nose.
Blepharitis is a condition where glands in the eyelids are not functioning normally. They become plugged and instead of putting out their normal clear, oily secretions, they put out thick, toothpaste like gunk.
The best treatment for this condition daily lid scrubs combined with warm compresses. I like to use baby shampoo for lid scrubs. In the shower, place the shampoo on your index fingers, close your eyes, raise your eyebrows (to stretch the skin on your eyelids) and scrub back and forth along your eyelashes for 3 to 5 minutes. The hot water in the shower helps to soften the plugged oils in the glands while the mechanical scrubbing with your soapy fingers removes the oils.
Baby shampoo lid scrubs will also help to wash away allergens and stimulate tear production, thereby addressing all three of your issues. Remember, this is not an instant fix. While you are waiting for the lid scrubs to have affect you can use over the counter allergy pills such as Travist, dimetapp or Zyrtec.
Should your symptoms get worse, your vision become significantly affected or things just not get better in 3 weeks or so you should have a complete eye examination by your local ophthalmologist to look for other, less common, causes of your symptoms.
I'd give the lid scrubs about 3 weeks to "kick in" and if it's not better then have aophthalmologist have a look at you....no reason to kick the cats out into the cold......yet .
That's good to hear. We are attached to our kitties.
Thank you. I'll follow your suggestions. One question, the gunk you are talking about. Is that in the eye or on the eye lid?
and, I'm assuming that there
is no pink eye.
It comes from the eyelid but ends up in/on the eye.....
Nope. No pink eye.
Pink eye doesn't itch
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