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Two nights ago my 25 year old son bent down in the dark and

his eye connected directly with...
two nights ago my 25 year old son bent down in the dark and his eye connected directly with the pole of the sweeper. His eye was bloodshot for just a short while and now looks fine. he refuses to go to the dr (no insurance and no job). His vision is now fine (was blurry) before but not light sensitive. He still has a headache and say that his eye feels pressure. should i force him to go to the dr (i said that i would pay for it).
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12/8/2011
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago

i was not able to respond to your question or say type at all during the session. No is not light sensitive, really never was. Bought him a patch but he did not wear it.

It is very likely that your son just sustain a contusion or bruise  To that end he should use cool compresses and artificial tears 3 to 4 times per day which should help the eye and the pressure he's feeling should get better. I would say he is likely okay to observe this for now, but if the pain increases rather than subsides or if the vision gets worse or he starts to get a red eye or light sensitivity then he should see the eye doctor right away. Does that make sense?
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago

so you think that it is okay to not force him to go to the doctor at this point. i feel like a bad mom.

i will monitor him. what artificial tears do you recommend?

I think it's probably okay for right now considering the vision is normal, the eye is not red or light-sensitive; unless it becomes that way.
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