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Is this foreign body sensation only in one eye or in both eyes?
just in one
in the left eye
Some common causes for such symptoms are misdirected eyelash, presence of concretions( kind of degeneration of the conjunctiva), pinguecula or an early pterygium ( both being types of conjunctival degenerations).
Have you observed any raised yellowish tiny bleb near the junction of the colored part with the white of the eye?
something like a raised lesion?
i notice a raised yellowish thing on both sides of where the iris and the white of the eyes meet, but this is in both eyes
very slight yellow
so it looks like <o> in each eyes
the < > being the raised yellowish parts
Does it look like this image? follow this link to view the image of a pinguecula-
Pinguecula is a harmless condition of the eye and does not require any specific treatment but for lubricating eye drops for soothening effect.
such a.s preservative free Refresh tears eye drops , 1 drop 4 times a day
what about how something feels like it's moving around in my left eye?
Do you mean to say that there is irritation from something moving in front of your left eye?
it is moving around within my eyelids, not quite in front of the iris but around the whites
but i can't see anything in there
I guess you will need a closer look at the eye by an ophthalmologist ( slit lamp examination), so as to look for a proper explanation for your symptom. I would certainly want to rule out a misdirected eyelash ( it is usually so fine that it is missed by naked eye examination but can be picked up by slit lamp examination).
If at all found it can easily be epilated ( pulled out).
so if it's moving around, it can't be serious?
No, i don't think that this is a very serious issue. Your symptom is basically of an eye irritation , something like a foreign body sensation, which has to be restricted to the outer walls of the eye , which are the conjunctiva or the sclera. Conditions of these structures are not quite serious and are treatable.
ok thank you doctor
I believe you do not have any other eye sympXXXXX XXXXXke redness/pain/watering in your left eye. This all the more points towards a conjunctival issue which can easily be addressed.
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oh wait, i'm sorry, doctor
but there is watering, redness, and pain. i'm sorry, i was waiting for you to ask me more questions, but i should've been more specific
I see. In that case , it is mandatory for a slit lamp examination of the eye by an ophthalmologist so that a few possible conditions like episcleritis/scleritis/keratitis can be ruled out . If found it will require anti-inflammatory eye drops such as steroid eye drops.
ok thank you doctor.