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I woke up from a nap and my left eye was blurry and foggy.

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I woke up from a nap and my left eye was blurry and foggy. I have dry eyes and allergies. I got a little bit of vicks in my eye, but rinsed it out. I was concerned about the cause of my foggy vision in my left eye. I had an eye check up about 6 months ago.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.
Hi. I'm Dr. Rick and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

How long ago did this occur?

What position/where did you nap? (head on a desk, in bed etc)

do you have any medical problems or take any medication?

How long did the blurriness last? Is is better now?


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Customer: replied 1 year ago.


still foggy or film in left eye slept in bed on stomach. I am 41 years old and pretty healthy

Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.
I do not believe that his is from the nap itself.

You may have pressed your eye into the pillow, causing corneal warping as well as elevated intraocular pressure. You may also have experienced some sort of issue with your retina (a specific area called the macula) or your optic nerve.

Unfortunately, the only way to figure out exactly what is causing your persistent blurry vision is to have a complete eye exam by an ophthalmologist.

If the vision has remained blurry for any extended period of time (you didn't mention how long ago you took your nap....) you need to consult an Eye MD sooner rather than later.

Does this make sense to you?

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Thanks in advance,

Dr. Rick MD FACS
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

It seems a little better now. I took a nap around 3 hours ago. It is red and burning. Do you think getting vicks vabor rub in eye could cause it? Or could it be just dry eyes.

Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.
If it better now I am not as worried as I was a moment ago....

Yes. It could very well be dry eyes. If so, use some artificial tears to lubricate your eyes and it will be better.

Yes. Vicks vapor rub could easily irritate your eyes and cause blurriness....

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