Irritated Eyelid After Rubbing Too Hard
SEP 18, 2023
My eyes were very itchy a couple days ago and I kept on rubbing them. When I woke up this morning, two days later, my left eye was swollen and it really hurt every time I blinked/touched the corner (the part closest to my eye). I later discovered a tiny rip in the corner of my eyelid. What should I do?
I suggest that you see your ophthalmologist. She will be able to check the small area of irritation and prescribe an appropriate over-the-counter or prescription allergy drop for you to use. In the near term, check your environment for the "Ps" that cause allergy: feather Pillows, Pets, Pollens, Perfumes, Products and Pollution. Try to avoid these as much as possible. Additionally you may use an over-the-counter allergy drop and a warm or cool compress to soothe your eyes. Finally, be gentle. The eyelid skin is quite thin and vigorous rubbing can lead to swelling and inflammation.
This question was originally answered on Dec. 10, 2013.