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Bubbles on the Conjunctiva


I woke up yesterday with a small bubble on the white of each eye, toward the inner corner,just above the lower lids. They did not hurt, just felt like I had a hair in my eye. My eyes felt quite dry and irritated and had a slight discharge. I had worn my contact lenses for quite a long time the day before, and was rubbing my eyes a lot. Is this the cause, or should I be concerned? They disappeared after a few hours.

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Paul Morris BSc (Hons) Optometry, MCOptom answers this question.

This sounds like swelling of the conjunctiva (white of the eye) leading to fluid filling the spaces in the tissue causing the bubbles or cysts.

It would be very wise to review this with your Optician should they appear again.

We recommend you seek professional advice if you are concerned about your eye health:

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Optician's Biography

Paul Morris BSc (Hons) Optometry, MCOptom has been an Optometrist Director at Specsavers for 8 years. He is currently the Director of the Llanelli practice. He has also been a clinic supervisor at Cardiff university, and sits on the Executive Council of Optometry Wales. His other interests include teaching and development. Paul is the co-author of the undergraduate training at Specsavers and also runs a national pathology course for Pre-registration optometrists.
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