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Hi, I am a 62-year old woman who has had an average of 2 colds

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Hi, I am a 62-year old woman who has had an average of 2 colds a year throughout my life. I have one now, and while I am not coughing and can breathe fairy easily (the cold started last Sat.), my eyes are swelled almost shut, constantly tearing and my vision is blurred. I have never had my eyes affected by a cold before, and want to know what to do for my eyes. Thank you.

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the best thing to do for your eyes during a systemic issue like a cold or flu is to soothe them with artificial tears frequently throughout the day. There are many brand names available, such as refresh tears, natural tears etc. The least expensive of them work just fine. :)

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Also, use cold compresses to help reduce the swelling and edema.

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As your cold resolves so should your ocular symptoms.

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