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My 5 year old son has been blinking a lot lately and says his

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My 5 year old son has been blinking a lot lately and says his eyes feel "sticky" He says nothing is blurry at so we took him to the pediatrician. They checked his vision, which was 20/25 and said to try visine drops. They do not seem to be helping. Any other suggestions?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  DrOAB replied 5 years ago.

DearCustomer

 

Please clarify:

 

Is the blinking voluntary (meaning he can stop it at will) or involuntary (cannot stop at will)?

Did the pediatrician note any eye discharge or redness to the eyeball or inner eyelids?

Does your son have a history of nasal allergies, skin eczema, or asthma?

Have you tried non-medicated artificial tears solution?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
The Blinking Voluntary, he can stop if we stay to or continue. The ped. did not see any red eyes, or any discharge at all. He does have a history of skin Eczema and some seasonal allergies, which he has seemed to outgrow. He does still have some eczema, but that too has not been as bad as it has used to be. If I watch him while he is watching tv, he will blink a lot and seems turn his head and try to look out of the corners of his eyes. Again, he does not do this all the time, but the frequency seems to come and go and no particular time.
Expert:  DrOAB replied 5 years ago.

DearCustomer

 

Can he tell you why is he watching TV out of the corner of his eyes? (e.g., trouble seeing)

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

We ask him if it is blurry and he says no, it is not. When we ask why he does it he says it helps him not to blink and makes them not so sticky.

The ped checked his vision at the office last week when he was there and the said it was 20/25. he always says that it is clear and never fuzzy or blurry.

Expert:  DrOAB replied 5 years ago.

DearCustomer

 

With a lack of eye or lid redness/discharge, this points away from eye infection.

Excess eye blinking is possible with vision problems, but his vision screen tends to point away from this concern.

Visine would usually provide some relief if this were due to xerophthalmia (dry eyes), so this diagnosis is less likely.

With a history of eczema and seasonal (nasal?) allergies, this could be a case of mild eye allergies (e.g., to dust, pollen, mold). Some of my patients with seasonal eye allergy (allergic conjunctivitis) report dryness or stickiness first, then itch, redness, and eye discharge second. You might consider stopping the Visine and trying over-the-counter Alaway solution (1 drop in each eye every 8-12 hours, maximum twice daily) for allergic conjunctivitis for 2 weeks to see if there is any improvement (if this helps, your doctor may help with prescription-strength allergy eyedrops).

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