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If your daughter was diagnosed as having a viral infection in the eye, then ideally no eye wash should have been done
kindly give me some more information regrading the diagnosis and treatment given to her
what eye drops has she been prescribed?
I apolojize that I can't give you the exact diagnosis. He says it is definitely a viral infection however.
He did the Betadine eye wash and sent her home with some moisture drops. That is all we were given.
then she must not be having a viral infection of the eye
she might have got some foreign body in her eye or some dust or injury caused by dust etc
in such cases, the eye is thoroughly washed
what lubricating eye drops have been prescribed to her?
and how frequently?
They are called, "Soothe" I don't believe they are prescription, he says she can use them as often as she needs them. He definitely said it was a "viral" infection. No evidence of a foreign body or injury in her eye. She is a contacts wearer and the problem has been coming and going for months. My question is regarding the betadine wash because it caused her so much pain and her eye has practically swollen shut and is watering like crazy
Is Betadine an unusual treatment? It seems invasive to put iodine in the eye
what exactly were her symptoms when you took her to the ophthalmologist?
Her eye was red/ inflamed and sore. Very sensitive to light.
She's very good at keeping her contacts clean and changes her solution every night. The problem has been coming and going in both eyes for a year or more
if she has been having the same problem for a year or so, then it should not be because of viral infection
in contact lens wearers the common causes of red inflammed eye with soreness are either allergies or dryness of eyes
if you were told that she has a viral infection, then a wash should not have been done
also, soothe are just lubricating eye drops and she should have been given additional treatment for viral infection
so, all this does not add up
how frequently has she been advised to use the lubricating eye drops?
I am frustrated. He is not our usual Opthomologist and I was very unhappy with the answers to my questions. She was told to use them as often as she felt she needed them. She used them about 5 times tonight and says they didn't help at all.
ideally, she needs to be evalauted again
if there is a viral infection then she needs complete treatment for the same depending on the extent of involvement
Is it possible there has been damage to her eye? Her eye is more swollen and equally as sore as it was before.
what is a common treatment for a viral infection?
she might be having a trauma to the cornea (black portion) of the eye
this can be due to the infection or worsened by the wash
for viral infection the treatment depends on the kind of infection
wow, I am angry. I should have followed my instincts with this doc.
if she is having a conjunctivitis or pink eye (commonly caused by adenovirus), then she would need with the lubricating eye drop other eye drops like a mild antibiotic and steroid eye drops
if the infection is caused by herpes, then she would need oral anti-viral tablets and anti-viral eye ointment
In what situations would a wash be used?
at present i would advise you to use lubricating eye drop like refresh liquigel (available over the counter0
this is a thick eye drop
she needs to use it frequently
every one minute for 10 minutes
every 5 minutes for 15 minutes
then every 15 minutes for an hour
and then every hourly, till she consults an ophthalmologist
a wash is used if we suspect a fine foreign body has gone into the eye
like lot of dust, some liquid acid etc
then the eye is washed thoroughly
Ok, she is asleep now and it is not keeping her up.. should I wake her to give her the liquigel? I will call someone first thing in the morning.
let her sleep
if possible, get a lubricating eye gel like genteal (available again over the counter)
this is again thick jelly like
it is in a tube
put this in her eye and tell her to go back to sleep
both the eye drops and the gel are thick, help in faster healing
but on using them she might feel a little blurring of vision because the tear film also becomes thick
no need to worry
also no splashing of water in the eye
she should be off the contact lenses till the ophthalmologist says so
i hope this helps and your daughter recovers fast
give her an oral pain killer like ibuprofen or tylenol
yes, she has taken ibuprofen. I will take care of this. Thank you for your advice.
you are most welcome
I hope he hasn't cause any more damage.
should not be
good :) thank you again, good night
glad to be of help