I can’t find my bleedin’ Rohto Ice eye drops. (It’s like putting iced acid in your eyes.) I finally broke down and ordered three from the company. One for home, one for my backpack, and one for the office.
I’d link the ‘Scott Baio gave me pink eye’ South Park clip, but I can’t find it.
20-some years ago, I developed a nasty itch in one eye, early in the evening. By an hour or two later, it was affecting the other eye. I went to work the next day and people gasped when they saw me. I saw a doc and they found no injury. The consensus was it was a severe reaction to some goop I’d been trying to feed the cat (some high-calorie stuff in a tube, as he was ill and we were trying to get something down him). I guess enough remained on my hands to irritate first one eye, then the other.
Sounds like the same thing have happened to you?
I seem to recall they just gave me some sort of anti-inflammatory eye drops which I used for a few days.
You should check with the doc. You do NOT want to damage your eyes. You might also want to check out some OTC saline eyedrops to help flush out the irritant if any remains.
Earlier this year I basically sunburned my eyeballs. Great fun.
A few days ago I sampled a pepper in my garden. It was so damn hot, I immediately spit it out with great force shortly into the first bite. Did you know if you spit something out REALLY hard you can spit into your own eye ? Another epic day in the Fish household.
I look forward to the day supervisory monkeys are affordable.
Capcaisin in the eyes. Yup. Done that. Working with cayenne pepper. Rubbed my eyes. Really, really dumb. My only saving grace was that cayenne pepper is pretty low on the Scoville scale. It still sucked for a good fifteen minutes though.
Never burned my eyeballs though, and can’t imagine how that’s possible … unless you’re sunbathing for a long time without sunglasses or something.
Not as old, no; you’ve got 21 years on me, so I was still in single-digits in the 70s. I remember the era, but not fondly.
Thankfully I’ve never been much of the tanning sort (largely because my skin thinks tanning is for wusses) so that’s the sort of thing I’m not likely to encounter. I wouldn’t put it past myself to absent-mindedly rub spicy things into my eyes again at some point though.
One of my high school teachers did that. I was taking horticulture, and he was explaining to us the importance of washing your hands after handling the peppers. Then he told us about the time he was planting some kind of peppers and forgot to wash his hands before putting his contacts back in. :eek:
(THEN he told us a story about a guy who had graduated about two years ago. This kid was planting habeneros, and forgot to wash his hands before he went to the bathroom. You can figure out the result.)
Oh, ouch. Getting it in your eyes is bad enough, but having them under the contacts, effectively being pressed in there? That’s gotta be a special kind of pain right there. Handling raw peppers, too. I hope they weren’t naga jolokias…
What do you mean, it’s not pinkeye? Pinkeye is just the common name for conjunctivitis, which is exactly what you’re describing. It may sound like a wimpy name, but it can be horribly painful, swollen and goopy. AND, it’s definitely contagious.
The last time I had it, I saw a new eye doctor who gave me an ointment that was a combination of antibiotics and steroids to help with the pain and swelling. It was an improvement over the antibiotic alone. Feel free to whine; conjunctivitis is like having burning rocks for eyeballs.