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I would get it checked out minor injuries unit/walk in centre )as you can easily get a corneal abrasion - a scratch on the surface of the eye- which sometimes they like to give drops for and check it heals nicely.
If it had just happened, I would wait and see, like you did. But it still sounds very sore.
Corneal scratches can heal really quickly, I wouldn't bother going to A and E yet. Don't patch the eye either it can create a warmer surface on the eye and encourage bacterial growth. The main worry with a corneal scratch is that is can provide a route for bacteria to enter the cornea and cause and infection. Pop out to a chemist and get some chlormaphenicol eye drops over the counter and some ocular lubricant (something like hypromellose). Put both in 4x today (leave 5 minutes between drops). If the white part of the eye becomes very red or if your vision becomes blurred go to A and E. It should be feeling significantly better by the end of today
I suffer from reaccurent corneal abbrassions and I can absolutly agree with everything Karoleann said. Get the chlorenphenical ointment (available over the counter)and apply every two hours. The thing that always helps me heal quicker is to keep your eye closed as much as possible but agree, don't eye patch. Just take sme paracetamol and brufen and close your eyes (if you can) and only open them for your 2 hourly dose of eye ointment. I often find on the first night of the injury taping the eye down often helps as if you open your eye too quickly in the am you can re open the abrassion. I sympathise with you. I swear corneal abrassion is more painful than labour !
THaks for the replies. I rang OOH and she said to go straight to A&E.
tulip I just said to the nurse on the phone it is worse than labour!
It is feeling worse by the minute. The nurse said it is a very serious injury and if I couldn't get a lift to hospital she would have rang an ambulance. I refuse to go in an ambukance with a poked eye when someone could be dying somewhere.
So I have a fift. Leving in about half an hour. Thanks for all the advice. Will probably be sent home with some drops or something. Hopefully it wont cause any damage. will updat later.
I'm home, A&E was empty so was straight in. I have an eye patch. Had 3 sets of drops at hospital and have ointment and drops for home. Severe scratch but hopefully it won't take long to heal. Still very painful.