Three days ago I was hit in the eye when a bottle cap shot off while I was opening said bottle. It made a rather loud bang and from my guess the cap was traveling at a pretty good clip when it hit my eye. I am used to things flying at my eyes, so I was able to shut my eyelid quick enough that the cap didn't contact the eye proper. However, this left my eye swollen shut for the next day. After I was able to open it I could see the my eye was incredibly red, except the 'colored area,' (sorry for being so foolish, but terminology escapes me at the moment) which was mostly fine, a little red at the bottom. Over the last couple of days the redness has been going away, except around the sides of my eye (the part you can't see normally, unless looking off to the side) which is still really red, and my vision has been returning. However, I can still feel some pain in the eye and some 'fuzziness' in my vision.
My question is this: How long should this healing process take? At what point, if any, should I become more concerned and perhaps try and seek medical help. Note, I do not have insurance (young college-debtor), so medical options are limited, but if this is something that will permanently damage my vision, which was fine before, then I would like to know what might be done. Thank you for your time.
Note: I just noticed (while looking at my eye in the mirror) that the pupil of the injured eye is bigger than the pupil in my uninjured eye. That probably has something to do with the fuzziness, but, is this a worrying sign? Again, thank you for your time.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.