Question: I had cataract surgery a year and half ago and now have a red rash under my eyes that itches. I also have a problem seeing as my eyes feel like they are swelling. I was told I need to use hot packs 2-3 times per day. is this what I should do?
Answer: There is no way to know why you have a rash under your eyes but it is unlikely that it has anything to do with your Cataract Surgery. Further it is impossible to know whether hot packs are appropriate without an eye exam and careful evaluation of your eyelids, eyelid margins and the skin beneath your eyes. You may in fact have a dermatitis or a blepharitis or some other eyelid gland dysfunction that is creating the problem. Your best next step is to schedule an appointment with the Cataract Surgeon who performed your Cataract operation and have him or he provide you with a thorough evaluation and recommendations for treatment.
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