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Sharp stabbing pain in eye


I have started getting severe sharp stabbing pain in my right eye, making it weep profusely and then very bloodshot. I recently had my eyes tested at Specsavers and wasn't told anything was wrong so I'm now worried as to what it can be.
Would it be a good idea to go back and ask them to have another look?
Thanks for any help.

Answer Written answer:

I think it would be a good idea to go back and ask them to have another look. The most likeliest cause is a drying or erosion of the corneal surface. Because the cornea is so sensitive any small defect can cause a sharp pain. The corneal cells are continually sloughing off and being replaced, but when a larger than normal clump of cells come off suddenly, this can cause the sharp pain, and in response your eye will water.  The best treatment is lubricating eye drops applied frequently throughout the day  for perhaps a week or two, that will hopefully allow the cornea to remain moist and heal quickly. Then as a preventative measure to keep using them.

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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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