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Old 09-08-2006, 01:19 AM   #1
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Yesterday afternoon at work, I thought I had gotten something in my eye, or my contact needed cleaning. So, after I got home, I took my contacts out, irrigated my eye, tried the whole pulling upper eyelid over lower, etc. Nothing seemed to help. I ended up going to bed and hoped it would be better in the morning; it certainly felt fine when I closed my eyes.

I woke up, and it still felt like there was something in my eye, and now it's all bloodshot. Doesn't hurt quite as much, but . . .

What did I do? Scratch my cornea?
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:20 AM   #2
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:22 AM   #3
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Funny I just got home from watching the Dolphins game (puke) and playing poker and this was the first thread in teh OT.

Sounds like a corneal abrasion, but it could be a contact-lens related problem like bacterial keratitis or a corneal ulcer. If you don't remember doing anything to it to scratch it I'd be a bit more worried about that. You should probably see an eye doc tomorrow to be safe. If you have any eye antibiotics around from previous things, go ahead and throw a drop in (provided it's still in date).
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:27 AM   #4
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Hmm i think Neek's reply was a lot more useful than my own.

Should you realyl be telling ppl to drop pills without diagnosis though?
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:27 AM   #5
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Funny I just got home from watching the Dolphins game (puke) and playing poker and this was the first thread in teh OT.

Sounds like a corneal abrasion, but it could be a contact-lens related problem like bacterial keratitis or a corneal ulcer. If you don't remember doing anything to it to scratch it I'd be a bit more worried about that. You should probably see an eye doc tomorrow to be safe. If you have any eye antibiotics around from previous things, go ahead and throw a drop in (provided it's still in date).
Hmm - I have an exe exam scheduled for next Thursday, and it's feeling much better now (although still red). Think I should move the appointment up?

EDIT - Oh, and are recurring (~1 month) sties symptomatic of anything?
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:30 AM   #6
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Hmm i think Neek's reply was a lot more useful than my own.

Should you realyl be telling ppl to drop pills without diagnosis though?
1. drops not pills
2. topical antibiotics can do no wrong in a case like this.

banman I would probably move it up if you aren't feeling completely better.
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:30 AM   #7
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Antibiotics in date will not hurt and could help. If it is scratched it will help. If something is caught under his lid it could wash it out.
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:30 AM   #8
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I get that once ina while (dont wear contacts) where it feels like an eyelash is stuck right near the middle but it wont go away for a day or 2.

once it heals its fine, but its like a teeny flap of your eye is loose and dragging on your eyelids.
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:32 AM   #9
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yuck, no fun. If it lasts a while go see a doc.
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:32 AM   #10
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Recurrent styes are usually related to your skin type/oil level. One thing you can do to lessen recurrences is to make it part of your daily schedule to scrub your eyelashes. Get some baby shampoo and water in a 50/50 mixture and when you shower just with a washcloth or whatever really scrub the base of your lashes. You could even use a Q-tip if you wanted. Get any debris/dead skin cells/bacteria off your lashes and you'll get less styes.
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:36 AM   #11
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1. drops not pills
2. topical antibiotics can do no wrong in a case like this.

banman I would probably move it up if you aren't feeling completely better.
Thanks, Neek. I'll post back in the morning with an update.

To make things even more interesting for you I could tell you about a really obscure medical condition (that you'd probably have to look up) I had that may have a bearing on my present situation
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:38 AM   #12
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:40 AM   #13
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Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Had it 12 years ago. I went to see an opthamalogist about 3 years after I had it and he said I'd probably never be able to wear contacts again. I eased myself back into them, and things have been (largely) trouble free since then.

Related or not, recently my eyes have been super dry when I first wake up in the morning, regardless of whether I had been wearing my contacts (or how long I had been wearing them) the day before.

EDIT - Forgot one thing about my current condition: no discharge associated with it.
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:41 AM   #14
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I've seen tons of SJS. There's not an ophthalmologist that hasn't seen a lot of it. Keep those eyes wet boy. SJS can get really nasty in the acute stages, but unless it left scarring, it shouldn't have much of an effect 12 years later
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:45 AM   #15
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I've seen tons of SJS. There's not an ophthalmologist that hasn't seen a lot of it. Keep those eyes wet boy. SJS can get really nasty in the acute stages, but unless it left scarring, it shouldn't have much of an effect 12 years later
Yeah, the scarring was what I (and perhaps the opthamalogist) was worried about. It hasn't come up in any of my annual eye exams since then, though.

I thought it might be an obscure condition because I was hospitalized at a university teaching hospital, and actually had my picture taken because the staff hadn't seen a case of it (or at least not recently).
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I've had an instance where it felt like something was caught in my eye and it would irritate me like no tommorow whenever I blinked, couldn't find anything underneath the eyelid either (I wasn't wearing my contacts at the time either)

I ended up just splashing my eyes with water until I finally felt better... took a while though and my eye was all red too..
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Yeah, the scarring was what I (and perhaps the opthamalogist) was worried about. It hasn't come up in any of my annual eye exams since then, though.

I thought it might be an obscure condition because I was hospitalized at a university teaching hospital, and actually had my picture taken because the staff hadn't seen a case of it (or at least not recently).
The classic treatment for SJS is to keep the eye lubricated, sometimes use topical steroids, and actually to break any adhesions that form between the eyeball and the inside of the eyelid with a glass rod. Doesn't that sound like a blast?
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