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My granddaughter eyes are always red. She has tried all

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My granddaughter eyes are always red. She has tried all kinds of drops, nothing helps. What is wrong?
JA: How long have you had the symptoms? What seems to make the symptoms worse or better?
Customer: A couple of years, but getting worse. I'm not sure what helps or doesn't.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: She has an overactive thyroid.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr.Saleem replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr.Saleem replied 4 months ago.

How old is she ? Any other symptoms like dry eyes with grainy feeling, joint aches, frequent oral or genital ulcers, hair loss, skin changes, dry mouth , urinary or bowel issues ?

With a hyperactive thyroid i would definitely like you to get her autoimmune profile done for Sjogrens syndrome. Thyroid can itself affect eyes but that would be causing other symptoms too like bulged out eyes difficult to close ,hence over exposed to environment causing redness and irritation.

Other possible causes include possible allergies e.g to dust, pollen etc.

Eye drops do help to relieve the irritation and dryness however workup is needed to find out the underlying cause.

Some general measures include;

  • Don't rub your eyes — irritants on your hands and fingers can cause even more redness and irritation. Plus, you could scratch your cornea doing so.
  • Practice good hygiene when wearing contact lenses. Contacts and contact lens cases can act as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, so it's important to follow your eye doctor's instructions about cleaning and replacing your contacts.
  • Speak to your doctor about allergy medications to help keep allergies at bay.
  • Take a break from looking at the computer screen and follow the 20-20-20 rule: look away from your computer every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
  • Schedule an eye exam to rule out a more sinister cause of red eyes such as eye disease or a sight-threatening infection.
  • Use OTC eye drops to keep the eyes nice and moist.

A definitive treatment depends upon the underlying cause so you will need to book an appointment with your eye doctor.

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