Hi. My name isXXXXX and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
You should stop using the left over antibiotic eye drop as it is not necessary and will probably just irritate things more.
Also, do not use a drop that says it is for "getting the red out" like visine as this, too, will just irritate things more.
You did the right thing last night with flushing your eyes out with water and the saline spray didn't hurt anything.
You most likely have a mild chemical conjunctivitis. I suggest you use cold compresses and artificial tears to soothe your eye.
If you wear contacts, don't use them until you eye looks back to normal.
How long should I use the cold compress and artificial tears? What are artificial tears?
for a day or two.
Artificial tears are soothing drops to wet your eye. There are many brand names available and the least expensive work just as well as the pricey ones.
So. What is the take home message? You will be OK.
You can buy these drops over the counter almost anywhere.
Does this make sense to you?
Are you still there?
Yes, this makes perfect sense; I appreciate it. However...the inflammation in my eye is probably normal, at the moment?
Yes. That is correct. It is mild chemical burn of the skin (conjunctiva) around your eye. You will be OK.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX I appreciate you alleviating my anxiety over the situation.
My pleasure. I am glad I could help.
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