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Ive lived in california my whole life then in 2007 moved to

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I've lived in california my whole life then in 2007 moved to colorado then came back to cali a year later and started having issues with my left eye getting really itchy and i couldn't help but rub. At first I thought maybe I had grown a new allergy to cats, but i had had cats my whole life. I'd wake up some mornings with swollen eyelids and i started to get a greenish yellow puss. it comes and goes but my left eye definately has something wrong, i would look at my inner upper eyelid and its not smooth and i think this may irritate my eye especially while i'm sleeping because i sleep on my side with my eye on my pillow. I dont have insurance so i never saw a doctor about it. This morning I woke up and my eye felt really itchy and I was rubbing it then suddenly I could tell my eye was feeling swollen but this time it was my eyeball not my eyelids! The whole lower p[art of my eye is swollen and it looks like i got punched in the eye almost, no redness just swollen and I'm scared I may have damaged my eye from too much rubbing though I'm sure there is something else wrong since I have been having these issues lately. Is It a really serious matter where I need to go to a clinic? Or an eye doctor, not sure how that works without insurance. I took some ibprofin and have ice on my eye hoping the swelling will go down. My vision is the same, just a swollen lower eyeball
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  pippistrellodaqua replied 4 years ago.

pippistrellodaqua :

I am happy to assist you today.

pippistrellodaqua :

The itch you describe absolutely sounds like an allergic response.

pippistrellodaqua :

While it is nearly impossible to identify the source of the itch, allergies of the eye are treated the same way.

pippistrellodaqua :

There are some over-the-counter treatments for allergies of the eye.

pippistrellodaqua :

Here is an article that explains the problem in greater detail.

pippistrellodaqua :

http://voices.yahoo.com/managing-itchy-eyes-eye-allergies-11496326.html?cat=5

pippistrellodaqua :

I suggest starting with an over-the-counter medication called Zaditor or Alaway. These drops can be used twice a day and I suggest putting them in both eyes, even though the left eye is the one causing problems.

pippistrellodaqua :

The appearance of your inner lid sounds like a sign called papillae. These papillae or bumps of the lid are also caused by allergies.

pippistrellodaqua :

Some allergic responses of the eye do require more aggressive treatment. If you don't notice an improvement with the eye drops it would be advisable to seek additional treatment.

pippistrellodaqua :

Many doctors will be able to see you without insurance. Some optometrists (even Walmart or Target doctors) have a special rate for self-paying red eye examinations that may be as little as $40. It may be worth it to be seen, but again, if you would like to try treating it on your own, I suggest the over-the-counter drops.

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I will stay on for a while to make sure all of your questions are answered fully.

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Please don't forget to offer a positive rating once your question has been answered fully.

Also, please note that the information here does not replace an examination and should be used as educational purposes only.

Expert:  pippistrellodaqua replied 4 years ago.
Do you have any additional questions or concerns? A positive rating is very appreciated. Thank you for allowing me to help you.
Expert:  pippistrellodaqua replied 4 years ago.
I see that you gave a negative rating. Do you have additional questions or concerns I may be able to address to make your experience more positive?

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