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Q&A Session 1: Ophthalmology

All questions about Ophthalmology are answered by Dr. Loan Xuan Thi Nguyen – Deputy Head of the Ophthalmology Department at TCI.

OphthalmologyDr. Loan Xuan Thi Nguyen – Deputy Head of the Ophthalmology Department

Q: Why do kids rub their eyes a lot? Is it safe?

A:  It is normal to see a baby rubbing his eyes frequently. It might simply be because they are tired or sleepy. Their sleep is often short and light, so the rubbing eyes habit becomes even more frequent.

If the baby rubs their eyes without having any abnormal signs, there is nothing to worry about. Mothers can gradually limit this habit by making the babies hold other objects or holding their hands to attract attention. They will forget about rubbing their eyes.

However, if abnormal signs appear such as red eyes, poor sleep, fussiness, poor feeding, constant scratching or rubbing of the head, etc., it might be a sign of eye disease. Then you should take the baby to see a doctor.

Q: Will a chalazion ever come back? 

A: Chalazion is a bump in the eyelid, especially the upper eyelids when oil glands get blocked. This might be caused by acne rosacea, poor eye hygiene, inflammation of the eyelids, or meibomian gland dysfunction. People with chalazion often experience swelling, redness, and discomfort on the conjunctival surface of the eyelids. Once a chalazion is removed, other chalazia might reoccur in the near area. 

Q: Is it ok to wear transition glasses all the time?

A: Yes, you can wear transition glasses like regular clear lenses anywhere and anytime. Transition lenses are specialized products for people who have refractive problems and want to wear sunglasses. Those lenses are clear indoors, yet automatically become darker when exposed to sunlight. They block the harmful Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun while changing the color of the lenses. 

Q: Can a 16-year-old get laser myopia surgery?

A:  You must be at least 18 years old to get the surgery. At that age, your eyes are fully developed and stable. Moreover, the changes in hormones during puberty time might affect vision. You should not have the surgery knowing that the hormones might be changing. Therefore, you must wait until the appropriate time to have the procedure done. During this time, you should wear glasses as the primary choice to correct myopia.

Q: Should I stop wearing multifocal lenses if I have nausea or a headache?

A: Having nausea or a headache is common for people wearing multifocal eyeglasses for the first time. To get rid of the issue quickly, you need to wear multifocal lenses correctly as follows:

  • It may take 7 to 10 days to get used to multifocal lenses. So, wear glasses often in the early stages. It will help you adjust quickly to the lenses.
  • If you need to look down, title your head tilted down instead of bowing.
  • Adjust the position of the object a little further away to see it more clearly and comfortably. 
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