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10 September 2008 @ 04:42 pm
just to forestall…  

Just to forestall anybody else telling me not to rub too hard, let me confess that I have in fact rubbed my eyes too hard and that I have done something bizarre to the left one; the sclera seems to be somewhat wrinkled. It doesn’t hurt and it doesn’t affect my vision, but when I look to the left without moving my head it feels slightly weird, like something’s in my eye.

I have napped for three hours with a cold compress on it, and it is less swollen than it was before. I beg of you now, unless you are an actual medical doctor, don’t give me any advice or even any sympathy, because I feel like an idiot.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on September 10th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
*thoughtful look* I've a friend of mine who's trained in eyeball medicine (she used to harvest corneas, etc.). Would you /like/ any advice from a non-doctor-but-knows-what-she's-talking-about kind of person?
kitmizkit on September 10th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
That would be okay, although she may not harvest my corneas. O.O
Geek of Weird Shitgows on September 10th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Lovely as they are, I think she wouldn't want your corneas; she's out of eyeball biz. I'll point her your way.
kitmizkit on September 10th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
It's possible by the time you do that it'll be moot. My eye has improved noticeably in the two hours since I made this post. :)
somniferous almond eyes: Eyeballmanintheboat on September 11th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)

If you experience pain, light sensitivity, vision change, a pressing need to sleep, a feeling like there is something in your eye, watering, etc. Tomorrow morning, go to the doctor. You might have a corneal abrasion, that might lead to a corneal ulcer. Which is really bad.

Sclera can't wrinkle. Like you can drop kick it and it will be fine.
You CAN tear your conjunctiva (the clear jelly over your sclera) by rubbing too hard, it happens, and it looks like a wrinkled bit of eye. If you see a little wrinkle, it's probably torn, and you need eye antibiotics, and it will heal itself without sutures. Conjunctiva does not have pain nerves, so you can literally slice it without someone feeling it. You do not see out of conjunctiva, so damage to it will not change your vision.
kitmizkit on September 11th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
Thank you very much. I have evidently torn the conjunctiva, then. Can one get eye antibiotics over the counter, or do I need to go to a doctor?

I'm not experiencing any of the things you've listed that are indicative of an abrasion, fwiw. Thank you again!
somniferous almond eyesmanintheboat on September 11th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
No, you'll need to see a dr.
Geek of Weird Shitgows on September 11th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
Well, then. I see she got ahold of you. Yay!
Laura Anne Gilman: trouble?  moi?suricattus on September 10th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Once you determine that it's not serious/is fixable, can we mock you?

(yes, I am avoiding the file open in another window, why do you even ask?)
kitmizkit on September 10th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
No. You may rest assured, though, that I'm getting off my ass and losing weight, because my allergies are directly tied into my weight, and I have officially freaked myself right the fuck out. o.O

(that little o.O emoticon is perhaps slightly too accurate right now...)
Denysedenyse on September 10th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Foreign body sensation can often come with a corneal abrasion - which can occur if you rub too hard or scratch the surface of your eye. If it occurs over the cornea it's quite uncomfortable, but if you did it over the sclera, it may not be quite as uncomfortable, but could be a conjunctival injury (which might make it look piled up or less smooth).
Either way, it would be reasonable to have it looked at by a doctor or optometrist if it is bad enough that you really notice it.
mayakdamayakda on September 10th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
I always panic about my eyes. Once I paged my eye doctor in the middle of the night because I was seeing flashing lights when I closed my eyes. The dr was really nice -- told me to come in the next day, dilated my eyes and checked and told me no, my retinas had not detached and I shouldn't be embarassed about worrying and to be sure to callif I ever see a suddent increase in floaters.
In conclusion, it's nice to know a nice eye doctor's phone number.
sammywolsammywol on September 10th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Been there. Done that. If you get a cool T-shirt let me know.
mayakdamayakda on September 12th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
We ought to get a t-shirt made.
How about "eye panic"?
sammywolsammywol on September 12th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Nice slogan! It would kind of have to have a picture though ... and I'm not sure I want to walk around wearing a picture of a giant scrubbed eyeball.
fatbaldguy60fatbaldguy60 on September 10th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
I am a heavy duty eye-rubber. Now you got me worried.
kitmizkit on September 10th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
This is your opportunity to learn from someone else's mistakes!
J.K.Richárdneutronjockey on September 10th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
I'm not a doctor.
But I have mad Google skillz and now I'm not sharing.

But please, please quite calling Kit an idiot. Those are fightin' words ma'am.
irishkateirishkate on September 11th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
sorry to ignore - but I think we have all done that or something like