What Is An Eye Cold

It’s cold and flu season, and it gets into your eyes too! 🤧 Luckily, just like having a cough, antibiotics are not required most of the time.

What is an eye cold and when will it go away?

A “cold in the eye” is a type of eye infection known as conjunctivitis that is specifically caused by a virus rather than a bacteria. Viral conjunctivitis may result in tearing, redness and white or watery discharge. It can also cause inflammation along the eyelids, forming swelling, itching and dry skin around the infected eye.

“Eye colds” are often associated with recent episodes of the common cold and is highly contagious. That’s why it is important to wash your hands frequently and avoid contact or sharing with family, friends or coworkers.

Treatment typically includes the use of preservative-free artificial tears and cold compresses to improve comfort. The infection tends to resolve within 2-3 weeks on its own. Occasionally, viral conjunctivitis may worsen or be persistent beyond the typical time frame. If this is the case, it would be best to see your optometrist to follow up as it may require a prescription medication eyedrop to get better.

If you no longer have an optometrist, you can use OAO’s find-a-doctor tool to locate one near you.
Dr. Abraham Yuen, OD (from Ontario Association of Optometrists)
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Concussion Recovery Delayed in Children

Concussion symptoms can last for days to months but a new review published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association finds that younger children often suffer significantly longer than teens or adults.

Researchers found that while concussion symptoms, like headache and dizziness, may last on average about a week in adults, for children younger than 13, that recovery time is closer to four weeks … three times longer. Children with ADHD, depression and anxiety may also experience more prolonged symptoms.

 

Watch more here: Review Says Children Suffer From Concussion Longer Than Adults

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Neurological Warning Signs in Infants

We recommend that infants have their first eye exam at 6-12 months.
Here are some warning signs of a neurological problem in infants to look out for. Bring your baby in for a checkup if you have any concerns!
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Read more here: Six Warning Signs of Neurological Problems in Infants

–Does not intentionally direct eye movements towards a stimulus (eg, a light target, parent’s voice or interesting toy);

–Attends to a target on one side only;

–Can’t track or follow a stimulus (at all, or in part of the visual field);

–Doesn’t make an effort to touch or reach for an interesting target;

–Can’t make eye contact or maintain it (for at least a few seconds); and

–Abnormal pupil response.

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