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It appears that I have a fairly visible scratch in the outer

corner of the white of...
It appears that I have a fairly visible scratch in the outer corner of the white of my eye. I can see blood resembling a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage surrounding the area. My eye is tender, it feels like I was rubbing it all night but there is no actual pain other then general tenderness. But I can physically feel the scratch, when I blink my eyelid. Do I need to see a doctor, or can I give it a few days and see if it starts to heal on it's own?
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Dr. Rick
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Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

How do you think your eye got scratched?

Customer:

Not sure, it was there when I woke up. I have 2 dogs that sleep on my bed and it could have been a dog hair in my eye that I rubbed all night long

Dr. Rick :

Ok. When you look at the scratch does it look like there is a flap of "skin" (conjunctiva) hanging loose, or is it just a line with the blood around it?

Customer:

More like a line with blood around it

Customer:

My eye feels tired and tender, it definitely feels like I rubbed it all night, although I don't remember rubbing it

Dr. Rick :

OK. This should heal on its own without any need to see an ophthalmologist. It also, due to it's excellent blood supply, has a very low chance of getting infected.

Dr. Rick :

Take home message: I think, after consulting with the wise doctors at JustAnswer, you will be fine :o)

Customer:

thanks you! I really didn

Customer:

didn't want to go to the doctor

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My pleasure. Have a good evening.

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