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Dry eyes with redness. Suffered from conjunctivitis. Is that the reason?

Hey, I suffered from conjunctivitis in November and recently my eyes my right eye more so,seem to become very dry at night and when I wake up In the morning, I do have to rub them to be able to open them they aren t sore after just during me trying to open them. Just a bit concerned as my eyes go red at night and not sure what it is?
Asked On : Sat, 2 Feb 2013
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It looks like the dry eyes is due to associated blepharitis( inflammation of the lid margins). Here are few simple btu very effective home remedies which you could give a try-

First, application of heat to warm the eyelid gland secretions and to promote evacuation and cleansing of the secretory passages is essential. Individuals are directed to use soaked warm compresses and to apply them to the lids repeatedly. Warm water in a washcloth, soaked gauze pads, or microwaved, soaked cloths can be used. However extreme heat should be avoided.

•Second, the eyelid margin is scrubbed mechanically to remove adherent material, such as crusting, and to clean the gland orifices. This can be completed with a warm washcloth or with gauze pads. Water often is used, although some clinicians prefer that a few drops of baby shampoo be mixed in one bottle cap full of warm water to form a cleaning solution. Attention must be directed to gentle mechanical jostling or scrubbing of the eyelid margin itself, not the skin of the lids or of the bulbar conjunctival surface. Vigorous scrubbing should be avoided as it may be harmful.

•Third, an antibiotic ointment is applied to the eyelid margin after it has been soaked and scrubbed. Antibiotic-corticosteroid ointment combinations can be used for short courses, although their use is less appropriate for long-term management and should be used strictly on the advise of the ophthalmologist.


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