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My cat was playing and lightly touched my eye with her claw

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My cat was playing and lightly touched my eye with her claw when she was trying to play with my hair. It didn't really hurt and felt pretty much on the surface but I'm wondering how I would know if it was injured in any way. I don't have health insurance right now so I'm concerned about spending money on an eye doctor but of course I want to figure out what's best. Thanks.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 7 years ago.

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Any injury deeper into the eye such as a corneal injury would cause severe eye symptoms like pain, watering , redness and photophobia. A superficial injury as that of a conjunctival abrasion would cause more of discomfort and watering of the eye but no pain. So I guess if you do experience any of the acute symptoms mentioned above , then you can consult an ophthalmologist. In the meanwhile you can start lubricating eye drops like preservative free Refresh tears eye drops , 1 drop 4 times a day for soothening. If there is any abrasion in the eye then there can be a slight risk of carrying infection into the eye ( you will experience redness watering and discharge ), for which antibiotic eye drops would be needed( prescription medicine).

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Hi. thanks for this response. My eye wasn't having any of those symptoms but as the day has gone on I do feel a bit of discomfort. How do you distinguish between discomfort and pain?

Also, if there was a deeper injury, how is that then treated?

Thank you!
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 7 years ago.

Deeper injury such as an abrasion to the cornea would have resulted in severe pain, redness, watering and photophobia ( this is how pain is differentiated from discomfort also). It will need patching along with lubricants for 24 hours. If symptoms still persist then a detailed eye exam is needed under a slit lamp and if need be antibiotics may have to be started.

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