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How to treat redness in the eyes? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 11-Sep-2014
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User:i have redness in my eyes
User:and my eyes are yellowish most of the times
User:is there something i need to worry
Doctor:Some individuals have redness and yellowish tinge to the eye. It is not alarming.
Doctor:However if you feel it is unusually red/yellow
Doctor:please get it checked by a doctor.
User:ok one more thing
User:last time when i checked my rbc count
User:it was at 17.5
Doctor:A physical examination is very much necessary to confirm redness/yellowish discoloration.
User:do you think it got something to do with that
Doctor:I am not sure if that was the RBC count you are mentioning?
Doctor:Can you confirm?
User:yes rbc was at 17.5
User:i mean sorry heamoglabin at 17.5
Doctor:RBC count is measured in XXXXXXX as millioncells/cumm
User:and rbc at 60
Doctor:Reference limit is 4.5 to 5.5 million cells/cumm.
User:i was at 6.0
Doctor:It makes sense now.
Doctor:Yes, you have raised red blood counts with high hemoglobin.
User:but the doctor i met said its normal
Doctor:However I don't think it is related to redness and yellow tinge.
User:ok one more question doctor
User:i m having sleep issues i guess, i,m not able to sleep properly
User:and im thinking the redness and the yellow tinge is because of that
User:but another doubt that creeped into my mind is that bilrubbin is a by product of rbc
Doctor:Eye strain can explain the redness. But not the yellow tinge.
User:and due to my rbc count my bilrubbin levels might get increased
User:and so its showing up in my eyes
User:is that could be it
Doctor:Like I said earlier yellow discoloration is normally seen in many individuals.
User:ok
Doctor:Further some individuals have fatty deposit known as xanthelasma
Doctor:it also gives an yellow tinge to the eye.
Doctor:A doctor can be able to differentiate these conditions.
Doctor:Through good clinical examination.
User:ok
Doctor:Therefore my suggestion to see a doctor.
Doctor:Hope I am clear to you.
Doctor:Do you have any more queries?
User:so redness in my eye got nothing to do with my rbc count right
Doctor:Polycythemia is most often asymptomatic. Further since you are not sleeping well
Doctor:we can have other reasons to explain the redness.
Doctor:hence I wouldn't consider rbc count to be the cause now.
Doctor:Do see an ophthalmologist and get your doubts cleared as well as start treatment (if necessary).
Doctor:Did you follow what I said? Can you summarize our discussion?
User:yes sir
User:thank you so much
User:ill talk to you later incase if i have any further questions
Doctor:Sure.
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
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