My left eyelid has been red and puffy/swollen for 2-3 days. It's only the inner part of the eyelid - it hurts to touch and once in a while it itches/stings really badly. I think I must have somehow scratched/cut my eyelid in my sleep and it has been irritated.
The first day I noticed it, I put neosporin on a q-tip and put it on my eyelid. I reapplied this before bed hoping it would help. I didn't notice a difference the next day (okay, maybe I was a little impatient with that method), so I didn't re-apply the next day. I was also a little concerned about putting neosporin so close to my eye.
I tried putting Systane gel drops in my eye - thinking it could be an irritation on the underside of my eyelid and may need lubrication. The drops made my eye itch a lot - I have been trying not to touch it.
I put ice (in a face cloth) on my eyelid for 10-15 minutes last night, which felt soothing, but did not seem to reduce the swelling or make any changes.
Some background: I do not wear contacts. My eyeball is a little bit red today, but my vision has not changed - I think it is really just something on my eyelid. If I look in the mirror, I can't see any cut or source of the pain/irritation.
Do you have any recommendations on how to heal my eyelid? Is it safe to use something like neosporin so close to my eye?
At what point should I go see a doctor? What type of doctor do I need to go to - my PCP or an optometrist or what specialty?
Thank you in advance for any advice you can provide!!
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