Thursday, June 27, 2013

Let's Talk About: Corneal Abrasions

This is going to be one of those posts that go like this, do as I say, not as I do. On Tuesday when I
put my contacts in, I thought something was in my eye. It quickly disappeared and when I took them out Tuesday night there was some discomfort in my left eye. When I woke up Wednesday morning, my eye was red, sore, and tearing up. I immediately thought: pink eye. It continued, so I went to the Urgent Care center.

The doctor put numbing drops in my eye, and looked all through it. That included turning my eyelid inside out. Ew. He also put an orange dye in it and looked at it with a black light. He found that there were, get ready for it....not 1 but 2 small abrasions in my eye. He said that mine were at the 12:00 and 3:00 positions of my eye.

He said that mine were probably caused by dirt underneath my contact lens that scratched my cornea. So I can't wear my contacts for 1 week, nor can I wear eye makeup for a week. (It's a good thing I like lipstick!) I also have to put in two drops of antibiotic in my eye 4 times a day.

Here are my tips for you, and now things that I will be taking extra precautions for:

Clean your contact lenses thoroughly. Use new solution every time you clean your lenses.
If something feels wrong with your contacts, take them out and clean them again.
If something is wrong with your eye, go to the doctor. This is your vision we are talking about!

Take all of your eye makeup off. This is something that I get lazy about. Well, I'm not going to be lazy any more!

In this incident, I'm glad that I have a blog that I can share this information with you. Hopefully you can learn from my experience, and prevent it for yourself.

Have you ever had a corneal abrasion? Leave me a comment and let me know! I'd love to hear from you!

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