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My left eye looks like I have pink eye but there is no discharge. My sclera is swollen on the inner part of my eye along with my eye socket. There is pressure behind my eye and using peripheral vision is quite painful on left side. The painfulness began Saturday morning with random bouts of reddening and the swelling began on Monday. Have used tobramycin and sulfacetamide yesterday and today.

Hi. I'm Dr. Rick and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Pain started 5 days ago with period redness that went away with clear eyes drops. Swelling started 3 days ago with constant redness. Vision is ok, no meds besides the tobra and sulfacetamide I started yesterday that was left over from pink eye earlier this yr


The pictures are a bit out of focus....but it looks like pink eye.

This is caused by a virus, so the eye drops are of no use at all and,in the long run, just irritate things more.

I would use cold compresses and artificial tears to sooth and lubricate your eyes.

This will run its course over the next 10 days or so and you will be left with no vision problems or damage.

If you wear contact lenses, don' least until things clear up.

It is also very contagious so make sure to wash your hands well, don't share towels etc. It is likely that other members of your household will catch this.....But not to worry, in the vast majority of cases the infection resolves without any residual effects.

Does this make sense to you?

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Dr. Rick MD FACS
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Is the high amount of pressure I feel in and around my eye normal for pinkeye? I can feel pressure on the top of my jaw joint. I work at a healthcare facility and am in direct contact with patienrs so is it a bag idea to go to work?


I'd not worry about the pressure you are feeling...take some tylenol.

It is to've probably already infected everyone at work so might as well go in tomorrow. :(

Just wash your hands well and often
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

My eye became extremely painful, so I went to an ophthamalogist yesterday and he diagnosed it as episcleritis.


Thanks for the feedback. At least we know now that you didn't infect any of your co-workers....

I'm glad you got in for a complete evaluation. Your ophthalmologist had the unfair advantage of using a $40,000 slit lamp, high magnification and a up-close-and-personal exam.

I would trust his diagnosis using his fancy equipment over my diagnosis using a blurry photograph over the internet.....


I hope you feel better soon.

Dr. Rick