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Old 11-01-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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Last night when I took out my contacts, my left eye felt super irritated like there was something in it. It didn't go away after I rinsed out my eye a few times. Well this morning I managed to look under my eyelid and on the inner eyelid, I saw redness, but I couldn't tell if there was a bump, doesn't feel like there is. Is it a chalazion, or possibly a mild one? I looked it up and the symptoms seem to match up. My health insurance is pending so I can't afford to see a doctor right now .

Would I be able to wear my contacts? I was only planning to wear them a couple hours for dance practice tonight but I'm not sure if even that short time frame is safe.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:24 AM
 
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Without a bump, it's probably not a chalazion.

See here for a picture:

Chalazion Eyelid Cyst - Photo and Discussion

It sounds as if you should leave the contacts out until you can talk to your eye doctor.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:43 AM
 
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Without a bump, it's probably not a chalazion.

See here for a picture:

Chalazion Eyelid Cyst - Photo and Discussion

It sounds as if you should leave the contacts out until you can talk to your eye doctor.
actually, now that I look at it closer, It has a tiny bump. It was so red, I couldn't tell at first. I won't be able to see a doctor for at least another month so what should I do until then??
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:51 AM
 
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You probably should not wear your contacts until you can see your doc. There is really no way to confirm the diagnosis without having an exam, and the contacts could aggravate whatever is going on.

If you do not use the contacts and the symptoms do not get better very quickly, or if they get worse, go to your doctor. Do not wait for the insurance. It is unlikely that it will be something expensive to treat, and we are talking about your vision here.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:54 AM
 
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You probably should not wear your contacts until you can see your doc. There is really no way to confirm the diagnosis without having an exam, and the contacts could aggravate whatever is going on.

If you do not use the contacts and the symptoms do not get better very quickly, or if they get worse, go to your doctor. Do not wait for the insurance. It is unlikely that it will be something expensive to treat, and we are talking about your vision here.
true. I have to see about how much it'll cost me. Can I just see my PCP? getting to the ophthalmologist takes ages here. Seeing the PCP I can do within the week.
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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true. I have to see about how much it'll cost me. Can I just see my PCP? getting to the ophthalmologist takes ages here. Seeing the PCP I can do within the week.
Call the ophthalmologist. They should have a system to work in patients with problems. Most PCPs will not have the equipment needed to look for things like corneal abrasions. That is a common thing that can cause the foreign body sensation you described in your first post.
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:11 PM
 
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Call the ophthalmologist. They should have a system to work in patients with problems. Most PCPs will not have the equipment needed to look for things like corneal abrasions. That is a common thing that can cause the foreign body sensation you described in your first post.
ya I just called the doctor and they're seeing where to send me. I'll know before the afternoon if I can get in anywhere. Thanks for your help!
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:15 PM
 
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ya I just called the doctor and they're seeing where to send me. I'll know before the afternoon if I can get in anywhere. Thanks for your help!
You're welcome
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