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Would it be possible for you to attach a picture of her eye?
Does she wear contact lenses? If so, did she sleep in them?
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Sorry...I'm back at my PC. My girlfriend does not wear contacts. She has not been using any kind of eyedrops recently either. She began having symptoms of a common cold three days ago.
I am back at my PC...awaiting your response.
Right now she's at a GP's office an she texted me a picture of her eye off of her cellphone but unfortunately you can't really see any detail on it. s best as I can tell the redness starts just at the lateral corner of the eye and carries into the sclera about 0.5 cm. She says it itches a lot and became painful maybe an hour ago. She thinks she may have rubbed her eye in her sleep.
That's exactly what I told her...but with the long weekend and all there wasn't a single ophtalmologist in their office today. At any rate, the detached area looks erythematous and inflamed but not cystic.
I texted her about 15 minutes and she was in the exam room at the GP's...no news yet. As far as the images you send me, I have to say that from her description it looks closer to the third picture (hopkinsmedicine.org) but she told me she could actualy see the sclera (she called it a "membrane") separated from the globe.
Makes perfect sense...I'd insisted that she see her ophtalmologist a week ago when the symptoms started but since she got better when she stopped using that eye makeup...well. I did'nt realize the sclera could become detached in allergic conjunctivitis. I will txt her so she can ask the GP about the drops you mentioned. As far as PO antihistaminics she has had side effects from Benadryl in the past, so that one's out, but maybe Zyrtec will work. Do you think she may need an antibiotic +/- steroid drop?
Definitely makes sense. Thanks a lot for your help.