10 Things that Bothered My Eye with a Corneal Abrasion

10 Things that Aggravate a Corneal Abrasion

Who stabs their eyeball with the corner of a piece of paper and unnecessarily has to endure ‘monster eye’ for days? Yes, this girl. On Friday morning, I awakened to a swollen eyelid that looked like a ‘fat lip,” extreme redness and constant wateriness of the eye. Every time I blinked, I felt pain, like something gritty and scratchy was trapped underneath. I finally decided to go to the doctor’s, and was told that I had suffered a corneal abrasion. Fears of an eye patch and burning sensations flashed in my mind because I had injured this same eye in a similar manner once before…on the cellophane of a Fruit Roll-Up…don’t ask. It was so bad then that I distinctly remember my father peeling an orange across from me, and the citrus spray hitting the air caused my eye to burn.

After viewing my dye-soaked eye under a microscope, the doctor confirmed that I had suffered a corneal abrasion…a scratch to my iris to be exact. She explained that I’d experience even more pain because of the positioning of this scratch. (sigh) But, the good news is…corneal abrasions heal quickly and she told me I’d be back to normal by Monday…if I didn’t strain my eye. I was given antibiotic eye drops to take every 4 hours for 7 days, and so far, they’ve been doing the trick.

Sunglasses Help Protect a Corneal Abrasion

The doctor also told me to stay away from screens of any kind for 48 hours. It was like telling me I had to fast. Of course, I tried to push the limits because I had a writing assignment I needed to complete and proof… and a live conference to attend this weekend. In the end, I couldn’t do work because of the constant headaches from trying to read paragraphs, but I was able to attend the conference without much discomfort. I dimmed the light on my laptop screen, turned off room lights, and used the backlit feature on my keyboard – all while wearing a pair of sunglasses.

So, if you suffer a corneal abrasion, there are multiple hazards that will cause you pain and discomfort, which I thought I’d share:

  1. Sunlight

I could not sit up in the car without feeling the burn of the sun on my eye, so I had to lay back the seat during my ride home.

  1. Any Light in a Room

Kitchen lights, bedroom lights, the light above the stove, and especially the bathroom vanity mirror light (which is the main source of light in my bathroom) all caused discomfort. I truly suggest wearing a pair of sunglasses in the house to avoid the constant shuddering that follows when you come in contact with one of these light sources.

  1.  Blinking

For the first two days, it felt like I was reinjuring my eye every time I blinked. This just made me want to lie in bed all day with my eyes closed, but I couldn’t.

  1. The Temperature Display on my Fan

Ozeri Ultra Wind Adjustable Oscillating Tower Fan with Smart LCD Screen

Little things will stress your eye. Oddly enough, the small amount of light emitted from the digital display on my Ozeri Ultra Tower Fan affected my eye.

  1. Refrigerator Light

Opening the refrigerator door was a disaster for my eye, and I was reminded quickly that it was a danger zone.

  1. The TV

One of the most penetrating sources of pain for my eye was the light from our flat-screen television, which caused throbbing pain behind my eye and headaches (even when my eyes were closed). Once again, wearing sunglasses helped immensely.

  1. Laptop Screen

Thank goodness for brightness controls and being able to tilt the screen backwards because my normal setting was a killer.

Bright Light from a Laptop Screen Can Hurt Your Eye with a Corneal Abrasion

  1. Tablet Screen

Upon opening my Kindle screen, the brightness was extreme, and made me feel like Dracula wincing from the vaporizing rays of a sunrise.

  1. Phone Screen

Answering a call or checking my phone produced light that stressed my eye.

  1. Reading

I was skeptical that reading would hurt my eyes, but it really does take effort to focus on print and absorb the material. I was unable to proofread my work or read long passages without pain, general discomfort and wateriness.


2 thoughts on “10 Things that Bothered My Eye with a Corneal Abrasion”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Hi Yona,
    You mentioned you woke up with a swollen eyelid from a corneal abrasion. The swelling of the eyelid can make it seem like one eye is bigger than the other one, did the swelling completely go down? And how long did it take? The reason why I am asking is because it has been a month since my corneal abrasion and the swelling has gone down considerably but I can still tell that they’re might be a little bit of swelling left because one eye is still bigger than the other one. You can really tell this in pictures. I don’t believe I have seen any improvement in like a week so I’m worried that my eye is going to stay like this. If your eye did go back to normal, do you remember how long it took? Thank you for your help!

    1. Yona Williams says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      I’d say my eye was completely back to normal in 4-5 days. It’s crazy because I poked my eyeball with the corner of a piece of paper, and my eyelid just blew up overnight. It felt like I scratch the inside of my eyelid or grit was caught underneath when it was really the cornea. Did you ever get eye drops because those helped me? I don’t know the nature of your injury, but is it possible there was some sort of scarring or scratch beyond your cornea?

      I hope everything works out for you!

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