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I rubbed my eye for a moment last night and it got really red and this morning when I work there is a filmy layer over just the whites of my eye. What can I do?
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Hi yes - thank you!
rubbing of eye can cause chemosis ( fluid accumalation in the white part of the eye).
It looks similar to this image- http://www.eyedoctom.com/EyeInfo/Images/Chemosis2.jpg.
I was out in the city and had touched a lot of things, so I should rephrase it to say that I didn't rub my eye a lot, but just rubbed it for a moment and then instantly it got infected....
What are your present symptoms in the eye? Does it show redness or is there any pain/watering or reduced vision in the affected eye?
But yes, I have a milder looking version of that image you sent. Do you have any advice on how to deal with it?
No reduced vision, no pain, it just looks weird and I can feel the filmy layer when I blink...
Though I cannot tell for sure whether you have chemosis alone or associated infection too, the treatment of chemosis is lubricating eye drops such as Refresh tears ( available OTC), 1 drop 4 times a day for 4-5 days or till it subsides.
If the chemosis persists even beyond a week or there are new symptoms of redness or watering in that eye, then it is better to get the eye examined by an ophthalmologist after a week.
Okay thank you - is there anything to be worried about? Or is this just very common? And last question: does this normally happen this fast?
And is it contagious?
Yes, chemosis can occur within a few minutes of rubbing of the eye. It is not common to occur every time a person rubs the eye but generally occurs if rubbed vigourously or with force. It is usually self limiting and is not a sign of anything serious. It is not contagious.
Many thanks for your help!
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