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Six days ago, I woke up with a mildly bloodshot left eye;

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Six days ago, I woke up with a mildly bloodshot left eye; Later that day, I started having pains when bright light hit that eye (staring a computer screen, headlights while driving). No discharge from eye, other than tears (no yellow or green mucus, like with pinkeye). Had very mild cold symptoms (slight runny nose, slight itchiness in throat). Two days ago, the vision in the left eye became cloudy. Doesn't appear distorted, just fuzzy, as if frosted glass was in front of the eye. Left eye is no longer sensitive to bright light. Right eye has been unaffected by any symptoms during this time. Any idea about what might be causing this, or if a doctor's care is needed?
Doctor DanB :

Hello and thanks for your question. Are you available to chat?

Doctor DanB :

I suspect that you had a viral conjunctivitis, what many people commonly refer to as 'pink eye'. Most people who get this have a spontaneous and normal resolution without visual sequelae. However, occasionally, there is significant enough inflammation in the conjunctiva that the inflammation spills over into the cornea. This inflammation, called keratitis, can cause the vision to be fuzzy, even after the redness, pain, and light sensitivity go away.

Doctor DanB :

For this reason, I would recommend going to see an ophthalmologist who can make verify this diagnosis (or another one if something else is going on) and who can prescribe the appropriate steroid drops to help this inflammation.

Doctor DanB :

Does this make sense? Does this information help address your concerns?

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Customer:

I suspected viral pinkeye, but hadn't seen anything online about the clouding of vision.

Customer:

Would this clear up in a few days without the steroid drops? I'd hate to spend a day going to the doctor, getting the drops, etc., if this is likely to resolve itself in a few days.

Doctor DanB :

It's certainly possible, yes. I would say that it's reasonable to give it a couple of days and if it hasn't resolved or is worsening, then a trip to the ophthalmologist's office would be a good plan.

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Do you have any other concerns about this topic that I haven't addressed?

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Customer:

Thanks, ***** ***** Will see if ophthalmologist can see me in the next few days. But having you coinfirm my suspicions was very helpful.

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