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How long did the pain last? Did it feel like there was something in your eye? Do you wear contact lenses?
It's still painful. No I don't wear contacts or glasses. It doesn't feel like there's anything IN my eye-it's like when you get a severe bruise and you poke it-that's how my eye feels.
So, it is kinda a dull ache around and/or behind your eye?
Yes, when I mess with it it's worse, and it also hurts worse when I blink a lot. I can't really tell if it's the actual eye or just the eyelid that hurts, or both.
I started crying earlier (not due to pain-it's not THAT severe) and that actually made the pain quit for a few minutes too. I don't know if that's relevant or not.
Yes....that is relevant....it tells me that you may have an anterior segment/corneal issue. There are some things you can try at home to see if it makes things better. Here is a little handout that I wrote on this topic. Not everything may apply to you since you are young and, I'd expect, basically healthy, but try the treatment outlined and see if it helps........
It sounds like you are suffering from an anterior segment/tear film issue. Many times, as we get older, and especially after eye surgery, the anterior surface of the eye starts to have difficulties. What can cause this? Well, there are a number of conditions but the most common are dry eyes, allergies and blepharitis....many times all three conditions act together to make you miserable. In order to solve your problem you need to address all of these issues at the same time.
When it comes to allergies it is almost impossible to pin down the offending agent(s) and, therefore, treatment needs to focus on controlling the symptoms. Dry eyes are very common and can be improved by a stepwise series of therapies. First, the use of natural tears 4-6+ times/day to augment your natural tear production, if this doesn’t work then you can try temporary punctal occlusion of the lower puncta, then, if needed, temporary occlusion of all 4 puncta then, if indicated, surgical ( non-reversible) closure of the puncta. The openings to your tear drainage system are called puncta and you have one opening on each lid, near your nose.
Blepharitis is a condition where glands in the eyelids are not functioning normally. They become plugged and instead of putting out their normal clear, oily secretions, they put out thick, toothpaste like gunk. You may not be able to see this “gunk” yourself, unless it is really bad, but it shows up clearly on slit lamp examination.
The best treatment for this condition daily lid scrubs combined with warm compresses. I like to use baby shampoo for lid scrubs. In the shower, place the shampoo on your index fingers, close your eyes, raise your eyebrows (to stretch the skin on your eyelids) and scrub back and forth along your eyelashes for 3 to 5 minutes. The hot water in the shower helps to soften the plugged oils in the glands while the mechanical scrubbing with your soapy fingers removes the oils.
Baby shampoo lid scrubs will also help to wash away allergens and stimulate tear production, thereby addressing all three of your issues. Remember, this is not an instant fix. While you are waiting for the lid scrubs to have affect you can use over the counter allergy pills such as Travist, dimetapp or Zyrtec.
Should your symptoms get worse, your vision become significantly affected or things just not get better in 3 weeks or so you should have a complete eye examination by your local ophthalmologist to look for other, less common, causes of your symptoms.
Does this make sense to you?
Yeah, I think so. The pain is worse towards the outer corner of my eye (left eye). Could that still be what it is? The Compress did help, but only temporarily.
Yes. The exact location of pain when it comes to issues of the eye are not really that accurate when trying to locate what is causing the pain....I didn't say that very well, but do you get what I mean :)
Yes, thank you. I will try that then. How long should I wait before I see a doctor if it doesn't go away?
I would give it a day or so to show improvement....but, if it gets worse, or if your vision should be affected in anyway get right in for an exam.
Of course, don't expect it to be 100% better in a day or two.....just showing some improvement.....
Okay, well thank you very much, you've been very helpful ;)
My pleasure. Have a good day.
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