Sorry - I had to take a phone call..... There is no real redness (at least not significantly more than the other eye). However, it does still feel irritated with a mild burning sensation (although some of the burning may actually be the the delicate area (skin) surrounding the eye). I couldn't tolerate the recommened 15 minute flush (it was triggering a migraine), but I did about 5-7 minutes, in addition to the half bottle of Natural Tears. If the burning continues throughout the day, but there's no redness or visual changes, am I okay just using the drops? When I use the drops, should I use enough to fully flush the eye, or just enough to lubricate? I tend to have dry eyes anyway,but generally only need/use drops whenever I wake (since my eyes feel like they're glued to my eyelids after sleep).
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX appreciate the reassurance. So it's 'normal' that it may continue to feel irritated/burning for the rest of the day? If it continues into tomorrow, but there's no redness or visual changes, am I still okay to just continue with the drops only?
Looks like you're offline. Are redness and vision changes the only symptoms to be concerned about, or is ongoing burning worrisome?
Well, hopefully it will subside in less than 48 hours - but in the event that the burning does persist, in the absense of redness/changes in vision, what would that indicate? Wouldn't any actual damage to the eye declare itself within a fairly short period of time (i.e. Visual changes) - or would it continue to do 'chemical damage, even after that level of water dilution? Frankly, I think the water (though necessary) may be the bigger (or equal) source of irritation right now. I also think that perhaps the tissue under and around the eye is equally irritated. That area is always very sensitive for me (most under-eye creams and certain make-up brands make my eyes tear badly/get puffy, etc.).
Not sure what this means: "If an equal amount of water only hit the eye it wouldn't cause the reaction if one drop if this chemical." Maybe my comment was confusing. When I referred to the water causing equal irritation, I meant the 'post-event' irrigation with water, not that the water (mixed with the Comet) was an equal irritant. Does that make sense? If I develop conjunctivitis, wouldn't I see discharge of some kind?
So, unless I'm symptomatic, there's no way of knowing if I have it - other than seeing my doctor?
Thanks so much for your help (and patience)!