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my daughter thought earlier today that she may have the beginnings

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my daughter thought earlier today that she may have the beginnings of pink eye. eye slightly red, watering, inside eye lid red. now that all doctors, clinics etc are closed ( of course) eye is very painful, unable to open-she says feels as tho there is something very sharp sticking thru eye ( not as in something small lodged in eye and scraping -but as in pain in eye itself. any suggestions on how to get thru night?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 5 years ago.
When did the pain start? Is this in both eyes? Any trauma to the eyes? Any other kids with pink eyes?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
just began this afternoon--perhaps 3:00 pm. one eye only. no trauma. wears contacts--took them out immediately- has not worn since. ( daughter is 22-lives in chicago--not with us.) long distance call with symptoms and pain.
Expert:  Dr. James replied 5 years ago.
Thank you for the additional information. It is very helpful.

The amount of pain she describe is not common for pink eye. With contact lens user, I am concerned for a corneal infection. I recommend she get evaluated. An eye specialist if possible (optometrist or ophthalmologist), or urgent care.

If she is seen in the urgent care, she needs to make sure they use a slit lamp. This provide a magnified view of the eyeball. Without this, small infections can be easily missed.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
she did have an infection YEARS ago-- became ulcerated and was concerned about this when she is complaining of such pain....but any thoughts of anything that will relieve pain if it worsens during the night?
Expert:  Dr. James replied 5 years ago.
I recommend she not wait until tomorrow to be seen and treated.

For now, she can take tylenol or ibuprofen.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thank you. i dont think she can find her way to a hospital urgent care by herself at this point. will tell her to go somewhere immediately in the morning, I guess. thank you again.
Expert:  Dr. James replied 5 years ago.
You're welcome.

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