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The fingernail must have caused a tiny in the white part of the eye ( conjunctival tear). Normally a conjunctival tear heals very well within 5-7 days. There must have been some amount of inflammation around it thus causing swelling. It will reduce once the inflammation subsides. Visine is a decongesant eye drop and would not help in such case. You can use lubricating eye drops such as Refresh tears eye drops, 1 drop 4 times a day as it helps to soothen the eye.
To reduce the inflammation and itching sensation you can use Alaway/Zaditor eye drops, 1 drop twice a day. Both eye drops are available over the counter and can be used for a week.
Yes, I am here. Thank you. This had me worried a bit.
So, you think everything will be okay?
Watch out for signs of infection in the form of increased redness/watering /discharge from that eye. In case these signs appear, then do get the eye examined by an ophthalmologist for a closer look and for start of antibiotic eye drops. If these symptoms do not appear then I guess lubricating eye drops and Alaway drops should be fine.
Is the localized itching normal?
Yes, conjunctival abrasions or tears do not cause much harm to the eye and usually heal very well.
Excellent! Thank you very much.
Yes, it is natural for itching sensation to be there with a abrasion.
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No need for antibiotics or anything? Only see doctor if it gets worse?
Awesome. Thanks for the prompt service. You have a great day.
Since the soreness and redness have reduced, it looks like the lesion is beginning to heal.
Good to hear....or read I guess.
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