David J. Mitchell, MD
Location and Office HoursCleveland Eye Care & Surgery, Inc
24755 Chagrin Blvd Ste 345
Beachwood, OH 44122
- monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- saturday: 8:00AM - 11:00AM
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Should I see a doctor if my eyes are oozing mucus?
Eye allergies can cause itching, tearing, and redness of the eyes. If you have mucus matter and water, you may have an infection of the conjunctiva (the membrane that lines the inside of your eyelids and covers the white parts of your eyes). Many external eye infections, especially those caused by viruses, are self-limited. You should have an eye doctor examine your eyes if the discomfort and discharge last more than a few days.
Why do some eye drops need to be refrigerated?
Louis B. Cantor, MD, Ophthalmology, answered on behalf of American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmartSome evidence suggests that some of the glaucoma medications may be subject to degradation or breakdown if they get too warm or are kept too long at room temperature. This is generally not a major concern, however, if the medications are used as instructed and are not exposed to extremely high temperatures (like being left in a car in the hot sun). Some individuals also prefer to refrigerate their drops so that they can more easily determine if they put the drop in their eye properly, or the drop may feel more soothing and comfortable if cool when instilled.
How are eye and vision problems treated?
Your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) will monitor eye protrusion and eyelid retraction by taking precise measurements of your eyes. If the measurements are increasing, or if your symptoms are getting worse, treatment may be needed.
A combination of non-surgical and surgical methods may be used to treat your symptoms. Non-surgical treatment options may include:
- Applying lubricating ointment, artificial tears, or both to relieve some symptoms of dry eye
- Elevating your head at night to reduce muscle swelling
- Taking steroid medications by mouth to control the eye muscle swelling and inflammation
- Wearing sunglasses to relieve light sensitivity
- Applying cool compresses to the eyes to relieve the discomfort associated with eye irritation and inflammation
- Using eyeglasses with prisms to reduce double vision
Surgical treatment options may include:
- Repositioning the eye, the eye muscles, or both to relieve double vision and improve cosmetic appearance
- Repositioning eyelid muscles to correct eyelid retraction, relieve the effects of dry eye, and improve cosmetic appearance
- Removing scarred tissue from the muscles of the eye or eyelid
- Relieving compression on the optic nerve to preserve sight
Eye disorders caused by thyroid disease can usually be managed very successfully.
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