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I have been doing some wood work and got some saw dust in my

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I have been doing some wood work and got some saw dust in my eye. I have very bad pain in my eye. I went to a PA at one of the Minute Clinic yesterday and she said I had a tear in my eye. She gave me some antibiotic gel and said not to cover the eye. The eye is so painful and the light hurts the eye. Why can't I cover my eye?

Doctor DanB :

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Doctor DanB :

What she's afraid of is that occasionally, especially when there is organic matter involved in the scratch/tear, if you cover (or patch) the eye, that can lead to an infection later. Essentially it boils down to the fact that this PA cannot monitor what happens to your eye and does not want an infection to set in and have you be in a considerably worse place. If you're using the ointment three times/day, using cool compresses on the eye (while it's closed) and taking ibuprofen and/or tylenol and you aren't feeling significantly better after 24 hours, then you should go see an eye doctor. If there is an infection setting in (I would not trust this PA to know whether there was or not), then it can cause permanent damage to the eye and to the vision. Does this make sense?

Doctor DanB :

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Customer:

You are correct. I was not told about the cold compresses. They might help. I am feeling better. Is it normal for the eye to be so sensative to the light?

Customer:

One other item of interest, she did give me a oral antibiotic for a sinus infection.

Doctor DanB :

Yes, unfortunately it is quite normal for the eye to be very light sensitive. That should be improving significantly as your pain does. I can't imagine the two are related (sinus infection and scratch on the eye), though if you aren't showing significant improvement within 24-48 hours, this is also another reason to go see your ophthalmologist.

Customer:

I will. Thank you.

Doctor DanB :

My pleasure. Good luck.


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