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pain in eyeball when awakening and rubbing a bit

For the last few mornings, when I awaken and begin to rub eyes, the left eye hurts-- just to the touch.  Is this something serious?  

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The most common thing that causes that is the eye drying out while sleeping. Don't sleep under a fan or have air blowing on you during sleep. Use a lubricating gel in both eyes at bedtime (regular artificial tears will not last all night). Examples genteal gel, Refresh Liquifilm gel, systane PM,

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