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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 lid 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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Eyelids itched like crazy, head felt like it would explode. Scratched eyes, they puffed. Took 50mg benadryl, (diphenhydramine) it helped. What causes this?

Eyelids itched like crazy, head felt like it would explode. Scratched eyes, they puffed. Took 50mg benadryl, (diphenhydramine) it helped. What causes this?

Allergies: There are some good over the counter drops you could use initially- zaditor, (ketotifen) alloway. This will take care of the itching and may limit the swelling. ...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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How can eyelashes damage my eyes?

How can  eyelashes damage my eyes?

Infection: The ingrown eyelash can constantly scratch the eye making it susceptible to infection in that area. The chronic scratching can also cause scaring of the cornea, affecting the vision. ...Read more

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What do you do if you frequently have a lot of eyelashes fall into your eyes?

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What do you do if you frequently have a lot of eyelashes fall into your eyes?

Losing hair: Calls for evaluation by pcp to rule out organic causes, ex. Low thyroid function. ...Read more

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I have 2-3 eyelashes that grow down and are bothersome. They irritate my eyes. Can I stop them from growing like that?

I have 2-3 eyelashes that grow down and are bothersome. They irritate my eyes. Can I stop them from growing like that?

Trichiasis: Trichiasis is a common eyelid abnormality in which the eyelashes are misdirected and grow inwards toward the eye. They can rub against different parts of the eye which, understandably, is irritating. It can be caused by an eye infection, inflammation of the eyelid, autoimmune conditions or trauma. You can't stop it but offending eyelashes can be removed sometimes with surgery. See your Eye Doctor. ...Read more

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Eyelashes are falling out on both eyes in patches?

Eyelashes are falling out on both eyes in patches?

Some possibilities: There are several possible reasons for eye lash loss. When we age lashes often grow shorter or fall out. Excessive rubbing or even pulling the lashes does not help/ chronic inflammation or infection ( dry eye or blepharitis) may be a cause. ...Read more

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Eyelash or eyes that are pink and hurt uncontrollably?

Eyelash or eyes that are pink and hurt uncontrollably?

Ck for allrgy of eye: It is a good idea to rule out allergy of eyes that may be affecting the conjunctiva or the cornea. ...Read more

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How to stop getting eyelashes in their eyes every day?

How to stop getting eyelashes in their eyes every day?

Not a problem: The eyes constantly renew eyelashes and these drop on the cheek and a few into the eye. The clean up mechanisims of the eye can handle this without problem. If you are having constant irritation, it might be something else such as allergy or an ingrown eyelash pointing to the eye. Your ophthalmologist can sort this out. ...Read more

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Help! i get eyelashes in my eyes every day, how to prevent this?

Help! i get eyelashes in my eyes every day, how to prevent this?

See eye MD: Trichiasis is a condition in which lashes point back toward the eyeball, often causing scratches or lashes in the eye. Another common cause is eye rubbing. See your eye MD to establish the cause. ...Read more

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My eyes are red and in pain. When i wake up my eyelashes stick together samething is coming out of my eyes?

My eyes are red and in pain. When i wake up my eyelashes stick together samething is coming out of my eyes?

Blepharitis: Its a chronic condition like dandruff- your lashes/lids have crusting from the glands. Scrub your lashes clean with baby shampoo every morning, and consider antibiotic ointment on your lashes at bedtime. Omega 3 oils supplementsalso helpful. ...Read more

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My eyes are red and in pain. When i wake up my eyelashes stick together something is coming out of my eyes?

My eyes are red and in pain. When i wake up my eyelashes stick together something is coming out of my eyes?

Get an exam: You may have a condition called blepharitis. There are several kinds. You need to see an eye doctor to make the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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If glasses are so near the eyes so much so that eyelashes touch the glass lens often...does it affect the eyesight /vision in anyway??

If glasses are so near the eyes so much so that eyelashes touch the glass lens often...does it affect the eyesight /vision in anyway??

No: No, the position of your glasses doesn't adversely affect your eyes, but will alter the proper focus of the light entering through the lenses. Of course it also depends on how strong the prescription is, with extremely high degrees myopia or hyperopia the vertex difference does make a difference. Also the eyelashes do flick moisture onto the lenses altering clarity. You should make sure lenses fit. ...Read more

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Eyelashes are turning blonde from root out. I am young -18- so I don't believe it's from aging. I am a redhead but not "fair"(brown eyebrows/eyes) ?

Eyelashes are turning blonde from root out. I am young -18- so I don't believe it's from aging. I am a redhead but not "fair"(brown eyebrows/eyes) ?

Possible blepharitis: Many redheads have inflammation of the eyelids involving the eyelash follicles. Rosacea or thyroid disease may be present. See your ophthalmologist
for help.

Best wishes. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your eyelashes are sore and you can't keep your eyes open?

What does it mean when your eyelashes are sore and you can't keep your eyes open?

Blepharitis: see your eye doctor! Use warm compresses every morning for at least five minutes and also use artificial tears. It also means that your eyes are dry and you're probably doing too much computer work. So you're not blinking enough to lubricate your eyes. So use non-preservative eyedrops to help you out!! Good luck!:) ...Read more

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What can be a reason my eyelashes fall? I always feel like trash in my eyes, i usually have a co-worker help me, and he finds 6 eyelashes per day/eye

What can be a reason my eyelashes fall? I always feel like trash in my eyes, i usually have a co-worker help me, and he finds 6 eyelashes per day/eye

Falling lashes: Some reasons for falling lashes include severe blepharitis, caused by bacteria on the eyelashes, and eyelid cancers, such as sebaceous cell carcinoma-- make an appointment to see your local ophthalmologist for this problem. ...Read more

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Tinted my own eyelashes which I've done before but took abit to wipe off and now the delicate bit under my eyes is sore and red?

Allergy reaction??: Sounds like you are having an allergic reaction to some very sensitive tissue in your eye. Please get to your family physician ASAP before it gets worse. ...Read more

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Hi I put castor oil and coconut oil mix on to my eyelashes, some of it got into my eyes now they are hurting. What should I do?

Hi  I put castor oil and coconut oil mix on to my eyelashes,  some of it got into my eyes now they are hurting. What should I do?

Not dangerous: It can be helpful to rinse your eyes with tap water at room temperature by splashing water flowing from the tap into open eyes. Natural tearing will also wash the products out eventually, and really this shouldn't take more than few minutes to happen. My guess is that by the time you read this, you'll already feel better. Don't wipe the surface of your eye with any object, or you can do harm. ...Read more

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Do teary eyes cause you to lose eyelashes, or do the lashes come out due to eye-rubbing?

Do teary eyes cause you to lose eyelashes, or do the lashes come out due to eye-rubbing?

Usually rubbing: Rubbing your eyes or any type of trauma like that may cause your lashes to come out. Not from teary eyes. ...Read more

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I have blepharitis for an year and a half now.Eyelids are itchy, in the inner corners of the eyes and in the eyelashes base, please advise!

I have blepharitis for an year and a half now.Eyelids are itchy, in the inner corners of the eyes and in the eyelashes base, please advise!

Is this an allergy?: See an allergist or ophthalmologist.
Itchiness, tearing and redness may be caused by an allergy. Specific eyes drops may help. ...Read more