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Has this happened before?
have you ever been poked in that eye, say with someone's fingernail?
So. Let me make sure I understand what is going on. You eye looks normal in the mirror and your vision is OK, however, when you woke up this morning you had a sudden pain, like something was in your eye, that lasted for a few minutes and then went away. This episode repeated itself about 4 times and, since this morning, things seem OK. Is this correct?
and very painful
The most likely cause of your issue is something called recurrent corneal erosion. This is where the skin on your cornea, for lack of a better term, "sticks" to the dry inside of your eyelid and gets "tented" or pulled off the eyeball. The skin doesn't rip all the way off and cause an epithelial defect (which would be painful for a day or so) but just comes off enough to hurt like heck for a few minutes.
and the solution ?
What can you do? Before you go to bed, place some lubricating ointment in your eye (lacrilube is a good brand....ask the chemist to recommend a brand) and also use some tear replacement drops during the day
ok - thank you dr rick. i'll try that
This conditions rips the "velcro" that holds the skin on the front of your eye. These "Hooks" take a few weeks to regrow...so keep this up for a month or so.
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