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Why my son has tears in his eyes
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Can you tell me a little bit more about your son's problem? How old is he? What sort of tearing is he having? What causes his eyes to tear.

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Customer:

He has tears from time to time

Customer:

He is 38 years old

Customer:

I have no idea what cause it

Customer:

Is it from dry eyes?

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Are you there?

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hello. I am still waiting

Dr. Rick :

oops...sorry about that. I

Dr. Rick :

I had to step away from my computer.....my blood coffee levels were getting low :)

Dr. Rick :

Dry eyes is a distinct possibility. However, in my experience, issues like what your son is dealing with are usually caused by a few problems all acting at once. Common issues such as dry eyes (which you have already mentioned), allergies and blepharitis can all contribute to watery eyes. The good news? There is a simple, at home, therapy he can do that should make things better.

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When it comes to allergies it is almost impossible to pin down the offending agent(s) and, therefore, treatment needs to focus on controlling the symptoms. Dry eyes are very common and can be improved by a stepwise series of therapies. First, the use of natural tears 4-6+ times/day to augment your natural tear production, if this doesn’t work then you can try temporary punctal occlusion of the lower puncta, then, if needed, temporary occlusion of all 4 puncta then, if indicated, surgical ( non-reversible) closure of the puncta. The openings to your tear drainage system are called puncta and you have one opening on each lid, near your nose.

Blepharitis is a condition where glands in the eyelids are not functioning normally. They become plugged and instead of putting out their normal clear, oily secretions, they put out thick, toothpaste like gunk. You may not be able to see this “gunk” yourself, unless it is really bad, but it shows up clearly on slit lamp examination.

The best treatment for this condition is daily lid scrubs combined with warm compresses. I like to use baby shampoo for lid scrubs. In the shower, place the shampoo on your index fingers, close your eyes, raise your eyebrows (to stretch the skin on your eyelids) and scrub back and forth along your eyelashes for 3 to 5 minutes. The hot water in the shower helps to soften the plugged oils in the glands while the mechanical scrubbing with your soapy fingers removes the oils.

Baby shampoo lid scrubs will also help to wash away allergens and stimulate tear production, thereby addressing all three of your issues. Remember, this is not an instant fix. While you are waiting for the lid scrubs to have affect you can use over the counter allergy pills such as Travist, dimetapp or Zyrtec.

Should your symptoms get worse, your vision become significantly affected or things just not get better in 3 weeks or so you should have a complete eye examination by your local ophthalmologist to look for other, less common, causes of your symptoms.


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What is the answer to my question regarding wearing sunglasses?

I asked if not wearing eyeglasses will cause damage to the eye.

Eye Doctor: Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD replied 6 years ago
I'm sorry....that part of your question never posted :(
Wearing sunglasses is strictly a personal choice. It will not harm or protect your eyes so feel free to wear them or not as you desire.
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I am waiting for the complete answer please
Eye Doctor: Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD replied 6 years ago
I'm sorry if you are having problems reading my post. There may be a glitch in the chat system today. Allow me to copy and paste our entire conversation here for your review:
Dr. Rick : Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Dr. Rick : Can you tell me a little bit more about your son's problem? How old is he? What sort of tearing is he having? What causes his eyes to tear.
Dr. Rick : Are you available to chat? Customer: I am available to chat Customer: He has tears from time to time Customer: He is 38 years old Customer: I have no idea what cause it Customer: Is it from dry eyes? Customer: Are you there? Customer: hello. I am still waiting
Dr. Rick : oops...sorry about that. I
Dr. Rick : I had to step away from my computer.....my blood coffee levels were getting low :)
Dr. Rick : Dry eyes is a distinct possibility. However, in my experience, issues like what your son is dealing with are usually caused by a few problems all acting at once. Common issues such as dry eyes (which you have already mentioned), allergies and blepharitis can all contribute to watery eyes. The good news? There is a simple, at home, therapy he can do that should make things better.
Dr. Rick : When it comes to allergies it is almost impossible to pin down the offending agent(s) and, therefore, treatment needs to focus on controlling the symptoms. Dry eyes are very common and can be improved by a stepwise series of therapies. First, the use of natural tears 4-6+ times/day to augment your natural tear production, if this doesn’t work then you can try temporary punctal occlusion of the lower puncta, then, if needed, temporary occlusion of all 4 puncta then, if indicated, surgical ( non-reversible) closure of the puncta. The openings to your tear drainage system are called puncta and you have one opening on each lid, near your nose.
Blepharitis is a condition where glands in the eyelids are not functioning normally. They become plugged and instead of putting out their normal clear, oily secretions, they put out thick, toothpaste like gunk. You may not be able to see this “gunk” yourself, unless it is really bad, but it shows up clearly on slit lamp examination.
The best treatment for this condition is daily lid scrubs combined with warm compresses. I like to use baby shampoo for lid scrubs. In the shower, place the shampoo on your index fingers, close your eyes, raise your eyebrows (to stretch the skin on your eyelids) and scrub back and forth along your eyelashes for 3 to 5 minutes. The hot water in the shower helps to soften the plugged oils in the glands while the mechanical scrubbing with your soapy fingers removes the oils.
Baby shampoo lid scrubs will also help to wash away allergens and stimulate tear production, thereby addressing all three of your issues. Remember, this is not an instant fix. While you are waiting for the lid scrubs to have affect you can use over the counter allergy pills such as Travist, dimetapp or Zyrtec.
Should your symptoms get worse, your vision become significantly affected or things just not get better in 3 weeks or so you should have a complete eye examination by your local ophthalmologist to look for other, less common, causes of your symptoms.
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I'm sorry....that part of your question never posted :(
Wearing sunglasses is strictly a personal choice. It will not harm or protect your eyes so feel free to wear them or not as you desire.
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