Many eyes have a disposition toward problems like dryness, inflammation of the eyelid margins or recurrent eye inflammation. For patients, it’s often unclear in such cases exactly where the cause lies. Is it the eye itself or is it the eyelid margin? This blog article gives you a brief orientation about when you care for your eyes and how and when you should come see us in our office.
Care for acute symptoms
Acute symptoms are all problems that arise suddenly. The eyes are dry, water, or itch or you have an uncomfortable feeling of a foreign object in your eye. You might also have pain or a discharge that can be white, yellow, greenish or even bloody. If you have pain in the lid area or greenish or bloody eye secretion, you should come see us in our office immediately.
You can also treat other small inflammations first with home remedies. These include:
- disinfecting eye drops
- homeopathic medicines
- teabag treatments
If these treatments don’t lead to a noticeable improvement of the symptoms within 48 hours, please make an appointment in our office. Sometimes inflammations are also to be considered severe. If you’re unsure how serious such an inflammation actually is, we can gladly clarify that during an appointment in our office. That way, you avoid overlooking serious illnesses.
Chronic eye symptoms and their care
With chronic symptoms, certain illnesses and symptoms keep recurring. These include dry eyes, malfunctions of the eyelid – the so-called lid dysfunctions – drooping eyelids and many more.
A cause of dry and watery eyes, but also of recurring sties can be a chronic inflammation of the eyelid margin, the so-called Meibom gland dysfunction. This procedure can help here:
- Warm the glands of the upper and lower lids for at least 10 minutes with a red light, a tea bag, a compress or similar.
- Roll the glands at the base of the eyelashes on the still-warm lids in the direction of the eyelash tips; when you do this, work from the base of the lid to its edge.
- Treat both the lower and upper lids this way.
- Finally, wipe the edge of the lid.
You should execute this procedure twice a week. Cosmetic creams can alleviate drooping eyelids. If this treatment isn’t sufficient, the only way left to get relief is an eyelid lifting operation.