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I poked the white part of my left eye with my fingernail 2

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I poked the white part of my left eye with my fingernail 2 days ago.

Yesterday my eye was very sore. The spot where I poked has about a 1/4 inch long whote spot with a lot of redness around it. Today most of the soreness is gone and the redness is reduced but still present. My eye is somewhat irritated, a bit itchy in the area where I poked it. The white spot in the center of the redness seems slightly swollen.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

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Dr. A.S. Desai :

The fingernail must have caused a tiny in the white part of the eye ( conjunctival tear). Normally a conjunctival tear heals very well within 5-7 days. There must have been some amount of inflammation around it thus causing swelling. It will reduce once the inflammation subsides. Visine is a decongesant eye drop and would not help in such case. You can use lubricating eye drops such as Refresh tears eye drops, 1 drop 4 times a day as it helps to soothen the eye.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

To reduce the inflammation and itching sensation you can use Alaway/Zaditor eye drops, 1 drop twice a day. Both eye drops are available over the counter and can be used for a week.

Customer:

Yes, I am here. Thank you. This had me worried a bit.

Customer:

So, you think everything will be okay?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Watch out for signs of infection in the form of increased redness/watering /discharge from that eye. In case these signs appear, then do get the eye examined by an ophthalmologist for a closer look and for start of antibiotic eye drops. If these symptoms do not appear then I guess lubricating eye drops and Alaway drops should be fine.

Customer:

Is the localized itching normal?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Yes, conjunctival abrasions or tears do not cause much harm to the eye and usually heal very well.

Customer:

Excellent! Thank you very much.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Yes, it is natural for itching sensation to be there with a abrasion.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

You are most welcome. Take care.

Customer:

No need for antibiotics or anything? Only see doctor if it gets worse?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Yes, exactly.

Customer:

Awesome. Thanks for the prompt service. You have a great day.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Since the soreness and redness have reduced, it looks like the lesion is beginning to heal.

Customer:

Good to hear....or read I guess.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Have a good day !

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