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Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B., Board Certified Ophthalmologist
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my eyelids just feel heavy...

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my eyelids just feel heavy...

Dr. Dan B. :

Hello and thanks for your question. Have your eyes been bothering you otherwise recently? Any redness, tearing, burning, itching, foreign-body or gritty sensation, light sensitivity, pain, and/or decreased vision?

Dr. Dan B. :

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Customer:

right before this started, I felt almost like I had sand in my eyes one morning...that want away..but since then I am just so conscious of the lids they feel heavy and droopy...I even stopped wearing mascara cause I thought that was making my lids heavy...also this is both eyes and not red or burning...occasional tearing from allergies...and some light sensitivity..

Dr. Dan B. :

Oh, there you are. Let me read your reply.

Dr. Dan B. :

Do you wear contact lenses?

Customer:

had successful cataract surgery 18 mo ago in one eye..no contacts or glasses.

Dr. Dan B. :

Have you been using anything to help with the grittiness, tearing, or light sensitivity? Any eye drops? Cool compresses?

Customer:

tried allergy drops, that helped with tearing...sunglasses for light...but nothing else...I wanted to ask my dr. but that is not going to happen...

Customer:

what is pterygium and blephanritis??

Dr. Dan B. :

Okay, thanks. One of the most common reasons for the eyes to feel heavy like this, especially in the face of symptoms indicative of inflammation (grittiness, tearing, light sensitivity) is a dry eye or dysfunctional tear film. There are a dozen reasons why someone may have this, none of which are usually serious, but can cause the lids to feel heavy and droopy. I would recommend using artificial tears 4x/day for the next 3-4 weeks, cool compresses a few times/day to see if that helps this issue. If not, then you may require further measures to help with inflammation that may be causing this.

Dr. Dan B. :

A pterygium is a growth of the conjunctiva that grows over the cornea. Blepharitis is inflammation in the eyelids which is very common. Why do you ask? Were you told you have these?

Customer:

no, I read about this when I found you...is this permanent...could it be like old eye makeup in the glands or something...

Dr. Dan B. :

Blepharitis is usually not permanent--it can be treated and in some people it is episodic and goes away. In other people, it is a chronic thing and needs daily treatment.

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My opinion is solely informative and does not constitute a formal medical opinion or recommendation. For a formal medical opinion and/or recommendation you must see an eye doctor. Thanks for your inquiry!

Customer:

Thank you Dr. you have been very kind...

Dr. Dan B. :

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