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I woke this morning with my eye watering as if I were

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Hello...I woke this morning with my eye watering as if I were crying. My upper eye lid is swollen and eye is itchy and sensitive to light.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 5 years ago.

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Do you wear contact lenses?

Any history of trauma to the eye/ fall of foreign body in the eye?

Is there any pain or redness in that eye? Do you find any change in the vision in that eye?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I do wear contact lenses but did not have them in last night. I take them out daily. No history of trauma. There is slight pain and redness. The pain is not constant. It feels as if there is something in my eye. Towards the upper right side.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

The only change in vision is due to excessive watering.

Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 5 years ago.

Thank you for the reply and additional information.

The cause for profuse watering in one eye along with redness and pain/discomfort could be due to a corneal abrasion or foreign body in the eye( even a tiny speck or dust or anything can cause such symptoms). When in doubt it is better to flush the eye with copious amount of clean potable water( say about a litre). If you are comfortable doing it yourself in front of a mirror, you can try everting the upper eyelid in that eye and look for presence of any foreign body beneath the lid( hold a torchlight with the other hand). If seen it can be gently removed with the help of a sterile cotton bud. If there is nothing seen on the under surface of the eyelid, then it is better to use lubricating eye drops such as preservative free refresh tears eye drops , 1 drop 4 times a day. Patch the eye at bedtime with lacrilube eye ointment, in case there is a superficial corneal abrasion. This will heal very well within 24 hours with this treatment. But in case symptoms persist or worsen inspite of this, then it is better to get the eye examined by an ophthalmologist under slit lamp for a closer look and further treatment.

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