I’m blogging from my balcony right now. It’s so often been very hot in the apartment and I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before!
Anyway, a few days ago I started having pain in my eye. No, not phantom pain from having my eye removed, eye pain that was phantom-like. It felt exactly like there was something in my eye; I was sure there was something in my eye but after a couple hours of rubbing it my eye still hurt. In the mirror, I saw a pink line across my eyebrow a centimeter long, like a hairline fracture. I’d dealt with this a few months ago back in Shanghai, so I knew how to handle it now.
- Don’t rub incessantly. If there is something in your eye, you may be rubbing it against your cornea and causing more scratches.
- Try pulling your lid down with your fingerpad and then rolling your eye upwards.
- Open your eye wide and splash some warm, NOT HOT water in there.
If it’s still there the next day it most likely is not a foreign object. It wasn’t in my case. Consult a doctor or go to your local pharmacy and get eyedrops. I got three different bottles of eyedrops from the hospital to soothe the pain, and after a day the pain was completely gone.
Try not to wait a day to get eyedrops though; Sleeping with the eye pain only makes it so much worse when you wake up.
Anyway, I went swimming again the day after my eye pain. Even without goggles, opening my eyes in the water was completely fine! Seriously, if you have some kind of mysterious persistent pain, consult a doctor. It gets much better results than waiting it out.