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It might take up to another 7 to 10 days for your eyes to get back to their normal whiteness after a bout of viral conjunctivitis. You can use cool compresses and artificial tears to make your eyes feel a little better and, maybe, speed up the process some.
Does this make sense to you?
yes....it is just the outsides of each eye now but doesnt seem to be improving at all over last few days
Ya....it can be like that sometimes...... looks like you are just one of the "lucky" ones that take a bit longer to get rid of the inflammation :(
It is nothing to worry about......you will be OK in the long run
is it normal for the redness to move to the outsides and then persist?
Normal? What is today's world is normal anymore lol! It is, however, not unusual. I see it all the time in my practice.
so it is usually gone after 3-4 weeks then?
Yes, although some people have redness longer then others. There should be no need to use any antibiotic drops. Also, stay away from visine or other "get the red out" drops as this will only irritate things and make it worse
I am lucky i suppose that i have no soreness or sensitivity to light really or blurred vision but it looks bad and it is frieking me out.............glad you mentioned visine cause i have some i was gunna use
I was just using my "psychotic" powers lol!
how much of this do you see? I suppose i'm trying to figure out what the average timeframe is for the redness to go away
I've been practicing ophthalmology for almost two decades and I've seen more cases of adenoviral conjunctivitis then I can remember.....and the time for the redness to go away varies from 2 weeks to 6 or 7 weeks.......but in every case that I've been involved in things turn out ok. Are there complicated cases? Sure, but they tend to have problems with their vision, foreign body sensation, etc, which you have not reported having any issues with at this time.
I really think you just need to give it a bit more time and, in the end, everything will be ok.
rarely it feels like there may be something in one but it bdoesnt last long and i try not to rub it..........given the swabs came back with adenovirus, should i be concerned that there is also somethingt else wrong or is what i am describing pretty typical of adenovirus conjunctivitis?
From what you are telling me it sound like you don't have to worry about it being anything else.....sounds like adenovirus eye infection.
ok....i will use some cold compresses and stop sooking then hey? also, should the artificial tears be saline solution or is there something better?
You can buy the tears anywhere and there are many brand names....just ask the pharmacist (or do you call them chemists on your end of the planet?) They are a special kind of saline formulated for the ey.
thankyou, appreciate your time and advice.......i am a little anxious when it comes to my eyes but have a few weeks off now to rest and recover..................should i say away from my pool or surfing?
No. It is OK for you to go to the pool and to surf.....just watch out for sharks!
saw one last week actually, a little (8ft) hammerhead....scared the you know what out of me for a second until i realised how small he was
I bet. If you have a chance say Hi to the Southern Cross for me. I hope to see it someday with my own eyes.....
can i reinfect myself or stop touching the eyes??? (last question i promise)
no. You can touch your eyes all you want without worry.
i have it tattood on my left shoulder so can see it right now
appreciate your professional help champ
My pleasure. Have a good day.
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sorry one last thing (i promise).......will this just be cleared up one day or will it be gradual
Hey Dr Rick, zero improvement yet.........im getting worried that it will never clear up, if it doesnt clear up is there anything that can be done for the redness of the eyes permanently?
http://i41.tinypic.com/wvzedd.jpg (right eye which also has redness in corner)
http://i40.tinypic.com/zmgi6d.jpg (left eye which is clear on inside)
I hope they are clear enough for you
Wow, a few months!
Has the duration you suggest now changed from seeing the pictures?
I was thinking maybe the antibiotic drops may have caused this, is there anything to that theory? Would you suggest the steriod drops to assist them to come back in size?
I realise I shouldnt smoke and the only advice you will give me is to stop, but seriously, is smoking contributing to the redness or will it extend the timeframe for improvement?
Ill try to stay away from the ling cancer drug then hey!
What are the risks with steroid drops? I have a mate who reckons they worked great....never take advice from a surfing mate though hey
with respect of duration you expect to clear up on its own. did the pictures make you extend timeframe from 2-6 or 7 weeks to a few months??????
I will let time take its course as you suggest, just very frustrating.