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this morning i woke up and had a very swollen under eye. I

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this morning i woke up and had a very swollen under eye. I went to the doctor and he diagnosed it as optical celluitis he prescribed antibiotics and hot compresses. since then the under eye swelling has reduced but the eye lid is starting to swell and sag. should i go to the hospital or wait untill monday and see my regular doctor?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.

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pre-septal cellullitis is an infection of the tissues in front of the orbit that has not extended past the septum behind and around the eye. It is correctly treated with oral antibiotics and warm compresses as you doctor has prescribed

Dr. Rick :

Even though you say that the eyelid has started to sag more it is good that the swelling under your eye has improved. If you were not on the correct antibiotic things would be worse now then they were this morning.

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I believe what you are experiencing is just a shift in the location of the edema due to gravity. As long as things continue to look better, and not get worse, I think you would be safe to continue with the same treatment. From what you have told me I do not feel you need to rush to the ER right now.

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