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What could be the cause of continuous tearing from the eye with inability to withstand normal daylight ?

Dear Dr., My mom is 70 yr old and has dry eye problem. She uses Tears Naturale eye drop ( artificial tears ) for more than 5 years. But, since last year, if she read long time, watch TV, looks things under strong light or get strong smell /fragrance she got eye sting, sore, tearing and head ache. Since last month condition getting worse and she even cannot withstand normal daylight. These days, she has to keep herself away from reading a single line or glancing to TV. She has to wear sunglasses all time. There is continuous tearing once she use her eye without sunglasses. (Her eyes are regularly tested and wearing the correct bifocal glasses. ) She went to some eye specialists doctors here but they couldn’t give correct treatment to cure her eye problem. So, what she wants to know is whether her current problem is due to dry eye or some other infection. She wishes she could read a little bit . I would be much obliged to you if you would kindly give her advice what to do for her eye problems. Regards, Myo
Asked On : Mon, 19 Mar 2012
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Ophthalmologist 's  Response
Dear Friend,

Your description suggests that your mother is suffering from severe dry eye. She is required to use Lubricating drops like refresh tear liquigel eye drops 2 hourly, cyclosporin eye drops, take omega 3 fatty acids. May require to use moist chamber glasses to become view comfortably and make require to use lacrimal plugs (ophthalmologist consultation required). Take care
Answered: Tue, 20 Mar 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Aparna Kohli's  Response
Hi Myo,
Given your mother's age, it is possible that she is suffering from cataract. This is a condition in which the lens becomes hazy and this causes problems in This can lead to photophobia (excessive sensitivity to light). Further, these symptoms are not due to dry light.
A detailed examination by an ophthalmologist after dilating the pupil is required. The treatment for cataract is a small surgery in which the lens is replaced with an artificial lens.
Other possible causes include acute iritis or uveitis (inflammation inside eye), corneal abrasion or ulcer and several drugs. This can also be distinguished by an examination.
Taking frequent breaks ( looking away at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes) will also help.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Tue, 20 Mar 2012
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