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Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD
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Experience:  Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
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Approximately 5 months ago I had dacryoadenitis and I was

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Approximately 5 months ago I had dacryoadenitis and I was first prescribed oral antibiotics that didn't help, but finally got rid of the condition with antibiotic eyedrops that also contained cortisone. There was severe swelling that reduced within a few days of using the eyedrops and after about a week I looked normal again, but if I looked closely I could still see the tear gland while looking in the mirror. The englargement of the gland started to gradually decrease but if I felt my upper eyelid with a finger I could still feel the bump for several weeks afterwards. Now months later I noticed that I can still feel it and I read that in a normal state you shouldn't be able to feel the gland at all.
It's not a spot that I frequently touch so I didn't realize it is still somewhat enlarged. It's not visible through the eyelid like it used to be for the first few weeks after recovery and I can only feel it when I close my eyes and touch it. When I open my eye it hides inside the eye socket.
Is it normal for it to take so long to return to it's original size or should I be worried?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.

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It is painful when you touch it?

Do you have any other medical problems or take any medications?

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hello Dr Rick. No it is not painful to touch and no other symptoms are present exept that I just feel the gland if I touch it. I have no other medical problems nor do I take any medication.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.

thank you for that additional information

From what you have posted I think that your lacrimal gland needs to be checked again.

Could the persistent swelling be due to the prior infection/scar tissue? Sure.

But it is important to make sure that nothing has been missed or hidden behind your prior infection.

Does this make sense to you?

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