Wednesday (5/9/12) 3:41pm - ... wherein Peter lists the symptoms of the eye problem.
Some info about this eye problem:
This started on Monday. About halfway through the day, it felt like both eyes started hurting, but by the end of the day, it was just my left eye, and it hurt like hell.
I woke up on Tuesday morning with quite a bit of 'sleep' in my left eye (lotsa crystallized gunk), but feeling much better.
It seems like the pain gets much worse at night, especially during the last hour or two before bedtime.
That said, I think it's getting better day-to-day -- there was certainly improvement from Monday to Tuesday.
It's a steady sort of pain, not an itching or a feeling like there's something in my eye.
The pain increases a tiny bit as I close that eye or look upwards with it.
The pain hasn't been that intense since Monday night. Usually there's just enough pain to be noticeable.
It's not causing any visible changes to the eye itself -- no pinkness, no irritation, and it's not bloodshot.
I have noticed that my left eyelid is a bit droopy, and the bag under my left eye is a bit pooch-y.
My vision doesn't seem impaired at all.
On Saturday night, I had a lot of trouble removing a contact from my left eye, so I wound up touching that eye a lot. I'm currently blaming that incident for my current troubles.
My current plan is to give it one more day, see if it gets better, and if it doesn't, drop by the clinic and pay a small pile of money to get it looked at. Mainly I want to verify that this isn't something that will cause permanent damage.
Peter, this sounds like what I just went through in Costa Rica. If so, it's an infection of the eyelash follicles (basically a stye) and will go away on its own over time. You can help it along the way by cleaning the eye lids regularly with a gentle soap. And some websites recommended putting moist teabags on the eyes, but who knows about that. Also recommended was coconut oil.
If it gets extreme, you might get a prescription for an anti-bacterial topical cream.
If it's a stye I would definitely recommend an antibacterial cream, I had one with my daughter that lasted 4 months, then when we used the cream it went away in a week (of course you need to finish off the course).