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I have a question regarding eye infection
My mom's eyes are watery
looks like it tears profusely
she takes over the counter eye drops
and it stays ok for a few hours though
she was advised to wash frequently as well
but i just wanted to know how to control this
it does not pain her though
could this be a simple infection or problem with tear glands?
May I know since when is she having watering?
it has been nearly a month now
Is this watering consistent throughout the day or only at times?
it is like a few hours a day...
no fixed pattern though
and it does not water continuously throughout the day also
Do you notice any precipitating factors that causes watering?
not really however there is a white deposit (very tiny amount) sometimes at the corner of the eyes
Does she complain of pain or vision disturbances?
Has she seen an eye specialist?
Let me brief you.
Excessive watering in the eyes can occur due to blocked tear glands or due to over secretions.
Over secretion is commonly seen in eye infections or allergies.
However both these condition we commonly notice that watering is throughout the day.
Your mother has episodes of watering which is unlike eye infection / blocked tear glands.
Unless she has mild irritation secondary to the eyes, episodes of eye watering is unexplained.
right...sometimes it appears red also
Now since she complaints of excessive watering for more than a month and since they are episodes, I suspect that the problem may be related to her vision.
for the conditions that you mentioned, do they accompany pain also?
Occasionally due to refractory changes or due to blurring of vision, eyes can get strained leading to redness and excessive watering.
whereas in my mom's case, there is no pain
Besides this if she suffers from dry eyes, there are chances of eyes getting irritated - leading to watering and redness.
Both these conditions are not painful.
Therefore I think it is right time you plan a visit to an ophthalmologist.
you mean for eye infection / blocked tear glands, there will be no pain
Hence consult an ophthalmologist for detailed examination.
The doctor can examine her eyes and verify her vision states.
for temporary relief, do you recommend any medications?
Accordingly prescribe medications to treat them.
or any good practices to follow?
till the doctor visit happens
I understand your concern about getting a temporary fix. But tear formation is a natural process and occurs as response to any eye stimulation, there are 2 problems in stopping this without rectifying the cause.
1. Medications that are given to stop tears will act systemically causing unwanted side effects.
2. Stopping tear formation will result in dry eyes.
Dry eyes are vulnerable easily to serious eye problems such as injuries and infections.
Therefore we need to find the cause and treat the cause. Watering will be taken care of automatically.
Hope you understand.
Do you have any questions?
thanks for the detailed information doctor!
Do you have any more questions?
have a nice day ahead!
Wish you the same.
Thanks for consulting me.
Bye for now.
thanks again! bye for now..
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