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I think I have a cut on my eyeball!

I have to wait until Monday to go to the eye doctor. They told me to use an eye wash and artificial tears until then. But... my eyeball is driving me crazy! What should I do until Monday? DL, you're my only hope to make it through the weekend!

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by Anonymousreply 3908/02/2020

Maybe you could tape the one, injured eye closed until you see the doctor. It might heal faster that way, without the blinking and friction.

by Anonymousreply 107/31/2020

Try an antihistamine, OP. I developed a stye under my eye lid and found a combination of painkillers and antihistamine dealt with the pain and irritation mostly and then some comfort eye drops helped with the rest to make it bearable until it cleared up.

by Anonymousreply 207/31/2020

Do you have a grapefruit spoon, OP?

by Anonymousreply 307/31/2020

Smoke copious amounts of pot, silly.

by Anonymousreply 407/31/2020

Go the emergency room - NOW

You don't wait to see an eye doctor.

by Anonymousreply 507/31/2020

What R5 said. It happened to me and I went to the emergency room. I had a scratched cornea and they treated me immediately.

Of course, there was no covid then.

by Anonymousreply 607/31/2020

My PCP told me I could wait and so did the eye doctor so I'm going to wait. I am going to load up on Benadryl this weekend to take my mind off it.

by Anonymousreply 707/31/2020

If the artificial tears aren't doing anything the irritation is only going to get worse. You very likely need an antibiotic drop. Get to an urgent care if possible. If not, then it's the ER. The longer you wait, the worse it will be all around.

by Anonymousreply 807/31/2020

I agree with R5 or even Lens Crafters. There are doctors who can help you.

by Anonymousreply 907/31/2020

This happened to me. Scratched cornea. Went to an ER. They said to just let it heal.

At least the Doctor who examined me was cute.

Man up, OP.

by Anonymousreply 1007/31/2020

Just smoke copious amounts of pot, silly.

by Anonymousreply 1107/31/2020

I was on my way to Urgent Care when I got a message from my doctor that said: "You should see a an ophthalmologist or optometrist, the corneal abrasion is visible with slit lamp which regular offices do not have." So Urgent Care or even the PCP could not help me with this. I don't think my insurance would cover an optometrist. Maybe, but I'd rather wait until Monday and see a regular opthamologist.

[quote] Just smoke copious amounts of pot, silly.

I don't smoke pot but I could really go for some Vicodin.

by Anonymousreply 1207/31/2020

Please go to the ER. They should have a list of doctors on call for emergencies, including ophthalmologists.

by Anonymousreply 1307/31/2020

Go to Lens Crafters....a co-worker cut his cornea and had to have 2 surgeries. Your eyes are noting to mess with.

If you have a game plan already and refuse suggestions, why did you post at all????

by Anonymousreply 1407/31/2020

[quote] why did you post at all????

For the suggestions like r3. If it were that serious wouldn't my doctor tell me to go to ER?

by Anonymousreply 1507/31/2020

[quote] Go the emergency room - NOW

Another vote for the ER, or at least Urgent Care.

Being an idiot, I tried to remove my contacts hours after I had chopped up a jalapeno pepper. I figured doing the dishes afterward would remove any oils on my fingers. Boy, was I wrong about that. Anyway, they gave me a prescription for an ointment which helped ease the pain and prevent an infection.

Unfortunately, there was nothing they could give me for common sense.

You don't want to mess around with your eyes

by Anonymousreply 1607/31/2020

Ok you are all scaring me. I will go to Urgent Care. If nothing else they can give me an antibiotic to take until Monday.

by Anonymousreply 1707/31/2020

Rinse your eye with saline solution.

by Anonymousreply 1807/31/2020

Nothing helps this constant pain - I had a friend who waited and her husband died. She killed the fucker. Pain makes people crazy.

by Anonymousreply 1907/31/2020

I've had this happen to me. Go to the drugstore and buy some Muro (it is salt solution). It will sting at first, but it will reduce any edema in the eye and will help the cornea to heal. I have a condition in my eyes (corneal epithelial dystrophy) where the surface of my cornea scrapes off all the time because the cells are irregular and this stuff works very well. I know Walgreens has it, but you may want to check around first because not all stores carry it.

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by Anonymousreply 2007/31/2020

Ok, just as I was heading out to Urgent Care, I got a call from a doctor's office I had called earlier today. I had left a message with them asking for an urgent new patient appointment. The message service said that they would return the call on Monday so I was not expecting to hear from them until next week. Anyway, the receptionist was calling to tell me that the doctor had to work late and was willing to see me this evening. So I sped across Houston to the medical center. When I got there the security guard didn't even believe that i had an appointment for so late-- it was after 5:30. But sure enough the doctor was waiting for me. She said that I had lots of scratches on my left eye and also on my right (which I can't feel) and she prescribed me some antibiotic drops. The drops are now stuck in Walgreens insurance purgatory but hopefully I will get them tonight. Worst case scenario I won't get them until Monday but I am a lot farther ahead than I would have otherwise been.

I guess the moral of this story is that doctors are desperate for patients in this climate. Another lesson is that it is possible to make it across Houston in 5pm traffic right now. None of this would have been possible without COVID-19. Thank you pandemic!

by Anonymousreply 2107/31/2020

What did you cut yourself with to get cuts in both eyes?

by Anonymousreply 2207/31/2020

As another poster said, Muro128 is very good for this and also Refresh Optive eye drops. You can get both at Walgreens or CVS, non prescription. I've had lots of scratched corneas and the drops help it to heal but I can tell you, nothing will make the extreme pain go away. In my experience whenever I get a scratched cornea my eye is in excruciating pain for 9 hours then gradually starts feeling better and within 24 hours it should feel much better, although a little sore. But the pain will go away on it's own, even untreated, in around 9 hours. Of course if you have powerful pain pills that will help you to deal with it. The drops will help it to heal but the pain has to go away on it's own. I've had to go through the 9 hours of living hell with truly excruciating pain and constant tearing in my scratched eye with no pain medication and it is hell.

by Anonymousreply 2307/31/2020

I don't know how I cut them-- maybe from taking out contacts the other day, but I've used contacts for 25 years and never had any problems. I have eye drops and the eye wash really helped. I don't know how to make Walgreens sort out my prescription more quickly. I wish I did.

by Anonymousreply 2407/31/2020

Did you wake up and were in pain? You could have what I've got with my corneas, it typically hits people in their 40's. It's called epithelial basement membrane dystrophy.

by Anonymousreply 2507/31/2020

[quote]I think I have a cut on my eyeball!

That's what I used to say when Martin belted me one good

by Anonymousreply 2607/31/2020

[quote] My PCP told me I could wait and so did the eye doctor so I'm going to wait.

You should NOT wait - but you chose to do so, that is your choice.

by Anonymousreply 2707/31/2020

If you read the thread, you'd know I didn't wait. But now I might not be able to get the medication tonight anyway.

by Anonymousreply 2807/31/2020

OP what is the problem with the prescription?

by Anonymousreply 2907/31/2020

The girl at Walgreens keeps saying they can't see the price but the insurance says they should be able to and that it's in the system. It's a communication problem with an idiot. I am now calling a different Walgreens.

by Anonymousreply 3007/31/2020


If your PCP told you to wait, then the insurance won't cover a trip to Urgent Care or the ER.

by Anonymousreply 3107/31/2020

[quote] The girl at Walgreens keeps saying they can't see the price but the insurance says they should be able to and that it's in the system. It's a communication problem with an idiot. I am now calling a different Walgreens.

I would show up at the Walgreens and not leave until you get your prescription. Pay for it out of your own pocket if you have to, your eyes are not something to fool around with

by Anonymousreply 3207/31/2020

I cut my cornea. HORRENDOUS pain. Fortunately I live in a city with a dedicated eye hospital and they even have walk in emergency at any hour. I went. They looked at it through there special instruments. They checked me into the hospital and treated it all night every few hours. and the next day they put a plastic lens on it and continued treating it and let me go after more than 1 full day. They said it was fortunate I came as it would have got worse and been a real issue.

If you think you have cut your eye, I think you should call hospitals to see which one has the speciality and go to that hospital. Do not delay.

by Anonymousreply 3307/31/2020

Ah, silly me. I see you did go to the hospital and had it looked at, good for you! I hope you get your medicine. Be pushy!!

by Anonymousreply 3407/31/2020

I went to the "good" Walgreens, and they agreed that the other Walgreens were being jackasses and filled my prescription. I'm glad I was able to see the eye doctor. Urgent Care would not have known about the problem in my other eye. Thanks everybody for your support!

by Anonymousreply 3507/31/2020

R35 OP good to hear

by Anonymousreply 3607/31/2020

Glad you listened to us and things worked out!

by Anonymousreply 3707/31/2020

I had a scratch, and at first the doctor was going to give me a contact lens to protect the eye while it healed, but then she changed her mind because I would have needed to get back to her office (quite a distance) to get it removed, so she gave me some samples of an over the counter product called Blink Gel Tears which are lubricating eye drops. They're fantastic. Pain went away instantly, and the eye was perfectly fine the net day.

by Anonymousreply 3807/31/2020

How'd the cat get on your eyeball in the first place?

by Anonymousreply 3908/02/2020
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