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Doctor insights on: Eyelashes Scratching Cornea

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How bad can an eyelash scratch your eye?

How bad can an eyelash scratch your eye?

Superficial: Ordinary eyelashes point outwards away from the eye. Sometimes an aberrant lash will grow towards the eye and this also is a common even from chemical or mechanical trauma causing backward growth. This creates a superficial, but uncomfortable partial abrasion of the cornea. It does not get deep enough to threaten the vision. Lid surgery can eliminate this. ...Read more

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I have this constant feeling that my eyelashes are scratching my eye or that there is an eyelash in them when there isn't. Should i be concerned?

I have this constant feeling that my eyelashes are scratching my eye or that there is an eyelash in them when there isn't. Should i be concerned?

Irritation: Constant feeling of grittiness can be caused by several different things. The most common in our area is allergic conjunctivitis, though there are many causes including infection or autoimmune disease such as sjogren's syndrome. This is likely something that can be treated, so go get it checked out. ...Read more

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I get a lot of eyelashes in my eye, I can get them out easily with drops or just blink them out but I live in constant fear they will scratch my corne?

I get a lot of eyelashes in my eye, I can get them out easily with drops or just blink them out but I live in constant fear they will scratch my corne?

Hair in eye: Hello Norma, no you should have no fear about that and you doing the right thing to irrigate the eye to get the eye-lash out. You can buy Tears Naturale (artificial tears) at the pharmacy and use this to irrigate the eye. If a hair was caught under a contact lens for a long time that could scratch the cornea but that would so irritating you would get it out pronto ! thanks ...Read more

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Feels like something is in my upper eyelids, like eyelash (assuming) but can't get it. It feels like a cactus scratching my eye. Got finished crying:/?

Feels like something is in my upper eyelids, like eyelash (assuming) but can't get it. It feels like a cactus scratching my eye. Got finished crying:/?

If no help irrigatin: g your eyes under the faucet, it's time to go to your eye doctor, and have your kid exerted to remove the lash or foreign object. For now until you get there, you can use OTC Artificial tear lubricating gel to reduce the irritation. Don't delay! Or your cornea or conjunctiva will feel irritated. Good luck! ...Read more

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I got eyelash extensions and I think the tape used under my eye scratched it. I felt a bit of stinging. Now the blood vessels in my eye are red?

I got eyelash extensions and I think the tape used under my eye scratched it. I felt a bit of stinging. Now the blood vessels in my eye are red?

Eye care: You MUST see an Eye doctor as soon as you can. It is annoying, but I have been wearing glasses since I was 6 and am now 72. You will likely have an opportunity to either have contact lenses or spectacles. Please let me know how things went! ...Read more

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Hi I banged my head on Sunday, the right hand side on the temple. Today I have a bruise on my eyelid and my eye feels as if it is scratched.

Hi I banged my head on Sunday, the right hand side on the temple. Today I have a bruise on my eyelid and my eye feels as if it is scratched.

Visit your MD: It would be best to visit your MD to have a physical examination of the area of your injury. The black eye is probably from some mild local bleeding but the scratchiness in your eye may indicate a corneal abrasion and you should be checked out for that. Good luck. ...Read more

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Eyelash poking my eye. What should I do?

Eyelash poking my eye. What should I do?

Remove it: You can often remove this with a tweezer at its base using a magnifying mirror.If it is stuck on the eye surface, a wet q-tip can be used to tease it off. ...Read more

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Could a eyelash get stuck in your eye?

Could a eyelash get stuck in your eye?

Yes: This occurs occasionally. You can often find it by pulling the upper or lower lid directly out and examining it closely.If you touch it with the cotton end of a wet q-tip you can usually drag it out and pull it away from the eyeball. ...Read more

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What happens when eyelash goes inside the eye?

What happens when eyelash goes inside the eye?

Irritation: When eyelashes are turned inwards, they can cause irritation to the surface of the eye itself. With enough damage, there may an increased for infection as well. Inturned eyelashes should be evaluated by an eye md and treated if necessary. ...Read more

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Cornea (Definition)

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