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My left eye became very irritated while holding my cat. It

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My left eye became very irritated while holding my cat. It became very inflamed. I have washed the outside of the eye but when I rubbed it, I felt a pop now I have a jelly like substance in the left of my eye. No vision blurring and no pain. WHat should I do?

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm Dr. Rick and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

You are having an allergic reaction.

Dr. Rick :

The jelly-like substance is fluid under the "skin" of your eyeball, called the conjunctiva.

Dr. Rick :

While it looks horrible it is nothing to worry about.

Customer:

What should I do at this point? Anything?

Dr. Rick :

You should take 25 to 50 mg of benadryl, flush out your eye well with either sterile saline or tap water and put ice on your eye.

Customer:

Should I follow up with an eye doctor tomorrow?

Dr. Rick :

As long as you do not have any swelling of your face, lips, feel short of breath etc, you will be OK.

Dr. Rick :

Don't hold the cat by your face, of course :)

Customer:

No other allergic reactions. Eyes are also a little less red.

Dr. Rick :

Your eye will be OK. Don't pick at the jelly even if it pooches out between your eyelids

Customer:

OK I will not hold the cat close the face again. Never have been allergic but that was the only thing close to me at the time.

Dr. Rick :

You should have less eye swelling by the morning.

Dr. Rick :

Ok.

Customer:

ok. Thank you. Anything else I should know?

Dr. Rick :

I know it looks scary, but it is really going to be OK

Dr. Rick :

Get a dog? lol ;)

Dr. Rick :

I have 5 dogs and 4 cats myself, along with 4 horses

Dr. Rick :

and a stupid goat.

Dr. Rick :

:)

Dr. Rick :

Oops...and my son has a turtle...can't forget that.

Customer:

Already have three. You sound like me. Thank you much for calming me down. I was worried.

Dr. Rick :

my pleasure. Go Pack GO!

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Dr. Rick MD FACS

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