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My tears at night while sleeping turn into some kind of glue

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My tears at night while sleeping turn into some kind of glue and for the rest of the day I am trying to keep this crystal like stuff from getting into my eyes from my eyelashes. Can you help? Thank You
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 4 years ago.
Hello and thanks for your question. Do your eyes itch?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 4 years ago.

I think, then, what you are experiencing is called blepharitis and because the treatment for it is relatively benign, you might consider starting this treatment, while concurrently using artificial tears. In order to treat blepharitis, everyday in the morning you should do two things: 1. hot compresses and 2. eyelid scrubs. You should do hot compresses for 5-10 minutes over each eye at the same time. It should be as hot as you can tolerate without burning your skin, massaging the eyelids while they are on there. Then, use either commercially available preparations or a dilute baby shampoo solution to scrub your eyelashes on all 4 eyelids. The commercially available preparations are called Ocusoft or Sterilid which are both over-the-counter eyelash scrubbing treatments. These cost more money but are quicker to use. Otherwise, the cheaper alternative is the dilute baby shampoo (4-5 drops Johnson's shampoo in 1/4 cup warm water), you will take the wipe (or dip a qtip in the dilute baby shampoo solution) and use that to scrub right on the eyelashes of each eyelid for 15 seconds. That will take 60 seconds when done to all 4 eyelids. The scrubbing is done right on the eyelid margin, where the eyelashes come out. After that, just splash some water on the eyes and you're done.

It does take about 3-4 weeks of doing this consistently every day before it really kicks in, so don't stop it thinking it's not working. Also the eyes are still significantly dry during this 3-4 weeks so I would recommend using artificial tears 4x/day in both eyes (one drop per application). After 4 weeks you should be able to start tapering off of the tears to as you need them.

Just doing the artificial tears, hot compresses and eyelid scrubs alone would likely start to help you after three or 4 weeks--but remember it could take this long of doing it everyday before you see a significant effect, so don't stop it thinking it's not working.



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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Was wondering, During the VN war had brain trama and the retina fell behind the right eye and had sympatheticopthomia (sp) could that have caused this problem
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 4 years ago.
I'm sorry; I know medical terminology is difficult to spell, let alone remember. Do you mean sympathetic ophthalmia? If so, then no, I don't think this really has anything to do with this problem.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
sounds like this well work, thank you, i also have glaucoma
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 4 years ago.
You're welcome. Good luck.