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Have eye infection. Using eye drops. Suggestion? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 07-Aug-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Hello Doctor..good morning
Doctor:Good morning.
Doctor:Proceed with your query.
User:I have a question regarding eye infection
User:My mom's eyes are watery
User:looks like it tears profusely
User:she takes over the counter eye drops
User:and it stays ok for a few hours though
User:she was advised to wash frequently as well
User:but i just wanted to know how to control this
User:it does not pain her though
User:could this be a simple infection or problem with tear glands?
Doctor:May I know since when is she having watering?
User:it has been nearly a month now
Doctor:Is this watering consistent throughout the day or only at times?
User:it is like a few hours a day...
User:no fixed pattern though
User:and it does not water continuously throughout the day also
Doctor:Do you notice any precipitating factors that causes watering?
User:not really however there is a white deposit (very tiny amount) sometimes at the corner of the eyes
Doctor:Does she complain of pain or vision disturbances?
Doctor:Has she seen an eye specialist?
User:not yet
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:Excessive watering in the eyes can occur due to blocked tear glands or due to over secretions.
User:I see..
Doctor:Over secretion is commonly seen in eye infections or allergies.
Doctor:However both these condition we commonly notice that watering is throughout the day.
Doctor:Your mother has episodes of watering which is unlike eye infection / blocked tear glands.
Doctor:Unless she has mild irritation secondary to the eyes, episodes of eye watering is unexplained.
User:right...sometimes it appears red also
Doctor: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.
User:for the conditions that you mentioned, do they accompany pain also?
Doctor:Occasionally due to refractory changes or due to blurring of vision, eyes can get strained leading to redness and excessive watering.
User:whereas in my mom's case, there is no pain
Doctor:Besides this if she suffers from dry eyes, there are chances of eyes getting irritated - leading to watering and redness.
Doctor:Both these conditions are not painful.
Doctor:Therefore I think it is right time you plan a visit to an ophthalmologist.
User:you mean for eye infection / blocked tear glands, there will be no pain
Doctor:No, I mean refractory errors/blurred vision as well as dry eye can be painless.
User:oh ok..
Doctor:Hence consult an ophthalmologist for detailed examination.
Doctor:The doctor can examine her eyes and verify her vision states.
User:for temporary relief, do you recommend any medications?
Doctor:Accordingly prescribe medications to treat them.
User:or any good practices to follow?
User:till the doctor visit happens
Doctor: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.
Doctor:1. Medications that are given to stop tears will act systemically causing unwanted side effects.
Doctor:2. Stopping tear formation will result in dry eyes.
Doctor:Dry eyes are vulnerable easily to serious eye problems such as injuries and infections.
Doctor:Therefore we need to find the cause and treat the cause. Watering will be taken care of automatically.
Doctor:Hope you understand.
Doctor:Do you have any questions?
User:thanks for the detailed information doctor!
Doctor:Do you have any more questions?
User:have a nice day ahead!
Doctor:Wish you the same.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
User:thanks again! bye for now..
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