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Itchy eyes, painful, slime from eyes. No allergies. Reason?

my 5 year old granddaughter has recently developed itchy, eyes only at night. Her eyes swell shut and I have to put warm wash cloths over them to keep her from scratching them and hurting herself. Twice within a week, she had thick slime in her eyes. I ve been giving her childrens benedryl but it doesn t seem to do anything except eventually put her to sleep. She has no allergies until now. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. LAS VEGAS, NV Stephanie
Asked On : Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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Hello Stephanie,

There are two possibilities:

1. Allergic conjunctivitis - you can try eye drops like Olopatadine 2 drops/eye upto three times daily for 5 days and see the difference.

2. Nasolacrimal duct blockage - the connection between the eyes and draining sinuses, but is usually in younger children
If Olopatadine does not work, see an Opthalmologist.

If there are other symptoms such as sneezing, red eyes then allergic rhinitis/rhinoconjunctivitis is a possibility and Olopatadine will help.

Best Wishes.
Answered: Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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