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i am an ophthalmologist
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Yes, my partner cut her eye with her nail while trying to clean something. The blood is pooling in her eye.
kindly let me know whether the cut is on the eyelid or in the white part of the eye?
It's im the white part of tne eye
when did she get the injury?
was it today or a couple of days back?
About 45 minutes ago
from the description given by you, it seems she has damaged the conjunctiva of her eye (thin memebrane on the white portion of her eye)
that is why she is having the bleeding
usually a conjunctival tear heals slowly without any surgical intervention
but the point of concern is that rarely the deeper tissue i.e. sclera also can be damaged
in that case a surgical repair is needed
she would need to be seen by a doctor/ophthalmologist as soon as possible
So what should we do now? We're actually on vacation in Paris and could go to a French doctor if we need to
yes, i would advise you to see a doctor
We can get an opthamolgist this afternoon. Do you think it's okay to wait until thern? Otherwise we have to go to the emergency room which could take hours.
because she would need sntibiotic eye drops even if a surgical intervention is not needed
yes, no problem to wait till afternoon
she can take a painkiller in the meantime
to make her comfortable
Okay, do you think this is serious?
if any lubricating eye drops are available in the nearest pharmacy like refresh tears/optive/systane etc, then she can instill those eye drops for some comfort
most probably, does not seem anything serious
but since i am not able to examine the patient first hand, i cannot be 100% sure
Okay, thanks. I'll go to the pharmacy and see what they say. Do you think the lubricating drops are necessary? I'm concerned that if I get the wrong ones for her there could be a problem.
Also, she's feeling some pressure in her eye. A problem? Should she lay down and keep her eyes covered until we can get her to a doctor.
lubricating eye drops will only help her in some comfort
but if you want to wait, you can do that also till she is seen by an ophthalmologist
the pressure is mostly due to the injury
it would be best to close her eye and lie down
Okay, is that it?
hoep she gets well soon and able to enjoy the rest of her holiday
Thanks so much. This was very helpful.