Our 5y.o. daughter woke up in the morning yesterday and could not open her left eye, with her lashes and eyelids stuck together and a yellowish (even a bit greenish) discharge in the corner of the eye and around. The eye was swollen too, so after we cleaned it, she could open it one-third of a normal. After a while, it got back to normal, so in an hour or so it looked like nothing happened, just looking a bit red and inflamed. Still there was the same discharge from the corner of the eyes (both eyes) during the day. No pain, no discomfort, no itching, only fever of 38C/100.4F which started in the evening and disappeared as soon as she fell asleep.
Today she woke up unable to open her both eyes at all. Eyelids and lashes stuck together and this yellow-greenish discharge again. Actually, the left eye (which was bad yesterday) has been better than yesterday, with just lashes stuck together and not much of discharge there. And now the right one (which was ok yesterday) had a lot of this discharge. But comparing with yesterday, the eyes were not swollen, so when we cleaned the discharge and she could open her eyes, they look normal, not even red.
Actually, some time ago, maybe a month ago or so, we noticed that sometimes she has some small crusts on her lashes, especially in the mornings. We would clean it, but not really worry about it, as my husband remember having the same thing with his lashes in childhood and it was very minor too.
But now I guess, it may have been the beginning of what we see now. I guess it looks like conjunctivitis.
We live in a island country, where specialised medical help is very limited, with the only one ophthalmologist
who can see my daughter in July. As I understand the conjunctivitis (if that is what she has) seriousness can vary, so we want to understand whether it is something that needs special tests and treatment.
I have a photo of how her eyes looked in the morning today, but I do not see how I can attach the photo to my question.