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Clear fluid under Sclera (Page 1)

I went to the park earlier, bugs were flying, wing was blowing, etc. I'm worried about my left eye. There's what's similar to a water blister on my eye - under the sclera. It's just fluid filled and doesn't hurt, moves and wrinkles like a partially deflated water blister.
I have allergies and did rub my eye as I do normally but this has never happened before! Please help me and advise as to what I should do other than the trad. see a doc.

clear fluid under the superficial layer - left side of left eye

no pain - just dry feeling as well as if my eye is brimming with tears -- it's just like normal though
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First Helper margaritavillgirl
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replied July 26th, 2008
Did a bug bite my eye??
Why would it produce clear fluid under that superficial eye layer?
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replied August 15th, 2008
follow up
This happened to me just a few hours ago. How is the affected eye now? What did you do about it? Thanks!
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replied March 24th, 2012
Allergic Conjunctivitis Treatment
***SOLVED*** Thanks to Shayna!

Web MD - Allergic Conjunctivitis Symptoms

Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid
Increased amount of tears
Fluid around the eye (caused by the clear, thin membrane called the
conjunctiva that has become swollen)
Itchy eyes
Blurred vision
Swelling of the eyelid

In allergic conjunctivitis these symptoms are usually present in both eyes (not always equally)

Treatment

Allergic Conjunctivitis is usually treated with the aid of drugs. In Allergic Conjunctivitis over the counter drugs are used along with decongestants for treatment. Naphcon-A and Vasocon-A are used for curing the condition.

Nonsteroidal medicines such as Elestat (epinastine), Patanol (olopatadine) and Zaditor (ketotifen) are quite useful in treating the symptoms of this disorder.
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Grab Alcon's Naphcon-A and Zaditor for a double-punch against the swelling, it will provide noticeable results within an hour, usually removing the inflammation completely during that time!

The important thing to realize is, the fluid and inflammation will go down on its own if left untreated, when the allergen is removed from the eye and the environment. By using eye drops you are accelerating the recovery drastically. Stay calm and realize this is a somewhat common allergic reaction, just varying degrees. One or both eyes may be affected, but I recommend using the drops in both eyes regardless if it is just one eye affected.
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replied August 18th, 2008
Shocked Well, i just left it alone - it went down like it was a rash... but on my eye. I still worry about it, and am regretfully sorry no one answered me here when I was freaking out. =\ Disappointed in the eHealth forum.
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replied June 19th, 2012
Fluid in eye - water blister in eye - just takes time to heal
I'm a man who wears contacts and I've had this happen to me a few times as well. When I take my contacts out, if I'm a little to tired and not paying attention I've irritated my eye. 10 minutes later there is a bubble of fluid in the corner of my eye that it like getting a water blister. Basically, keep your eye moist and don't rub it. It has always gone down after a few hours or . . . when I go to sleep at night it is almost normal the next morning. It just takes time.
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replied August 19th, 2008
Clear fluid under sclera
I did exactly the same thing...nothing but i thought of things like calling the doctor and tearing the sac-like thing to let out the fluid...thank God i didn't do such things. I went to sleep and the day after it was better. still has little fluid and redness but it's gone now. Posting this so if anyone would look for answers...at least they won't freak out like us.
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replied June 13th, 2011
I've had one for 4 days now. Between my work schedule and my semi-retired Eye Doctor's schedule, I haven't made it in to see him yet. I don't find that this blister thing hurts, it's more annoying when I blink my eye and I haven't been able to wear my contacts. I am suffering horribly from allergies this year and never have before, so I've been rubbing my eyes alot. I had a regular eye exam less than 3 weeks ago and he saw nothing out of the ordinary. This is very sudden. I am just trying to keep my fingers out of my eyes and see if this thing goes away. I'm gonna give it a few more days, if it's still here, I'm going to see an opthamologist.
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replied July 30th, 2011
Allergy Eyes
I have been suffering with these exact eye allergies for over 15 years and hate to tell you this but I have seen Allergy specialists that don't have a clue what causes it. I can tell you that mine are absolutely allergy related. I have a hard time dusting (especially overhead where the dust is falling on me) because that is when they are at their worst. I get them in both eyes and have been prescribed several eye drops the one I use today is Pataday and it works okay especially if you keep it in the fridge because the cold drops almost instantly reduces the inflammation. I live in the high-humidity area near Houston, TX so that doesn't help either.

Good luck finding a Dr. that has ever even seen this before.
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replied August 19th, 2008
Calling the doc is one thing, going to the ER is another incase something is lodged in there. Tearing the sac just gives a high chance of infection. It's either go to the doc, ER, rinse and leave alone, or hope you're not going to keel over.
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replied July 15th, 2009
fluid in the sclera
This happened to me last night the bubble was so big I couldnt close my eye and the entire white of my eye was filled with fluid ..I was asleep and woke up with an ichy eye then woke up to find my eye like this I rinced it out with drops went back to bed. Its morning and still irritated but the bubble is gone but now feels like I have extra skin in my eye.. Very strange I have no Idea what is happening..
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replied September 29th, 2009
bubble under sclera of eye
I had very irritated eyes which I assumed were due to allergies and had a bubble under the sclera of one eye. The only information I could find suggested using eye drops for allergies as a means of getting rid of the bubble. All those drops did was make my eye more irritated and the bubble did not go away. After about a week I decided to try drops for 'dry eyes' and not only did the irritation stop by the evening but the bubble went down to half its size. It was gone by morning and my eyes feel great. I am still using the drops whenever my eyes feel irritated. I hope this will help someone else with this 'bubble' problem. It's kind of scary to find this in your eye and no real help to be found on the internet!!
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replied September 30th, 2009
I didn't really have any fluids. This just happened to me. I think there is some sort of wrinkles on my sclera. It looks weird. It's red where the wrinkle is. I wear contact lenses. So, I don't know if it's because of that or lately the wind has been really strong. And by the way people are commenting, I am guessing that it's probably the wind. Is it?
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replied October 1st, 2009
yingchuk - I am concerned that you are a contact lens wearer and are having that wrinkle problem on your sclera plus the redness. It could be a combo of allergies, wind and irritation from the contacts. Can you take your contacts out for a few days and wear glasses? Perhaps, if you do this, you could try the 'dry eyes' drops and see if they help the irritation and the wrinkling. If that doesn't help, I would consult your eye specialist. The rest of us had actual 'bubbles' with fluid in them in our eyes so your problem is not the same. Hope this helps. Stromberg
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replied March 8th, 2010
It is allergic conjunctivitis.
I was sitting on my couch at home, watching TV, and I had a sudden sneezing attack. Extremely congested, I decided to go get a Zyrtec-D out of the cabinet. I rubbed my eyes a little, but no more than usual, and my left eye started to feel weird, not painful, but definitely uncomfortable. I got up and looked in the mirror and found probably a teaspoon worth of clear liquid under the top clear layer of my eye. I have had this once before and it went away, so I decided it would be fine. But the bubble of liquid just got larger and larger. I took my contact lenses out and ten minutes later, I was unable to close my eye (bubble got in the way), and it almost started to look like the bubble of liquid may start to hang over my bottom eyelid -- it was just getting more and more full of liquid.
I frantically called my grandma (who somehow knows how to fix EVERYTHING) and she instructed that I put a cold washcloth on it. Extremely uncomfortable. She ended up coming over and laid me down with my head in her lap. We ended up putting a warm, moist washcloth over my eye (no pressure, just laying it over the eye) and the steam and warmth felt really nice. Then, it felt painful -- almost like an eyelash was poking my eye. So she got her store brand eyedrops out of her pocket and started flushing my eye out with them. Within half an hour, the size of the bubble went down about 75%.
Overall, my advice: Don't freak out, don't poke or rub your eye bubble. If you have contacts in, take them out. Get a wash cloth, wet it, wring it out really tight, and microwave it for 30 seconds. Lay down and rest the wash cloth on your eye -- don't push it onto your eye or move it around, just set it there and let the warm steam make your eye feel better. Take an allergy pill (Zyrtec-D is my favorite -- has decongestant in it), and flush your eye out with drops.
Look up allergic conjunctivitis -- I'm positive it's what you are all referring to.
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replied July 14th, 2010
I don't know if my response will help anyone at this point (maybe if someone is doing a search on the topic)... But anyway, I've had this problem repeatedly throughout my life. I have severe allergies, and it's more likely to happen when I rub my eyes when irritated. For me, I've found what works the best is to use eye drops (I use patanol, a rather expensive prescription drug that my doctor prescribed for this...lately I've found that the new OTC zyrtec eyedrops work just as well. Other OTC eye drops do help to an extent.), then I always fold a few cubes of ice in a damp wash cloth and lay it over the effected eye. Personally, I like this better than the warm washcloth Shayna mentioned, because my eye is usually aching and/or itching really bad and this is relieving to me. If I don't touch my eye, the bubble goes away usually within an hour. The redness, on the other hand, usually takes longer to go away with Patonal/Zyrtec drops, and if this is bothersome, use any OTC eye drops which are supposed clear redness. I don't know if this will work for everyone, but if stuck, it's worth a shot.
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replied July 26th, 2010
fluid bubble in the white of eye or "edema of the sclera&qu
After reading the posts here I went to the drug store to buy some lubricating eye drops. My symptoms were blood shot fluid bubble on whites of left eye. The pharmacist insisted I see a Dr. when I asked her opinion. My Dr. said this is an "edema of the sclera" and most likely an alergic reaction. She said to leave it,don't rub it, don't medicate it or anything. It will go away on it's own. If it gets worse then possibly antibiotics would be prescribed. It went away on it's own within about 2 hours. I hope this helps others and thankyou for all suggestions:)Smile
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replied August 14th, 2010
my daughter gets the same thing, regularily. It is cause from allergies, however she has diferent allergies in her eyes and skin, than allergies that are inhailed and injested.
What we have been told is that an eye drop, one for allergies such as Zaditor, will due the trick. As long as the blister does not go across the pupil of the eye, you are in little to no danger. Once you have drops, you need to leave it alone. It will more then kikley rupture and deflate on it's own, dont worry, it is one of the ways the "bubble" can deflate. (Second, would be it does not rupture and it goes down on it's own) You do not want to apply presure to it and risk having it rupture and tear artificially. In the morning you will have the membrain in your eye, just getnly sweep it out with a soft moist cloth.

Benaldryl works along with the eye drops. I'd follow up with an eye specialist, not a general eye Dr., you want someone who performs eye surgery and have the equipment in the office to look at your eye throughly. They place a small dye in my daughters eye and then looked at it to make sure the damage was on deep into the layers of the membrain on her eye. It was not. owever we were told that should it go across the pupil and her vision become moderatly to higly blurred to call him back ASAP, and we could come into the office ANY time...or he would meet us at the ER.

We found out that a dog treat we gave a dog at the park, had nuts in it. She rubber her eye and they eye reacted by swelling up. The tips of her fingers were fine as she washed them...only after rubbing her eye.

Good luck.
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replied August 28th, 2010
Glad I found this post. I have the same thing on my eye and the eye doctor told me it was allergies. She suggested daily lenses instead of the monthly ones I wear because they get less build up. She also gave me Pataday eye drops. They are for allergies. The difference for me is the pouch under my eye and today above my eye also fill up. Like I got socked in the eye. And it only occurs when I am out jogging. (drying out the eyes and exposing them). Today was the first time I had it in a week (my fourth time in 3 weeks) and it was the worst yet by far. 2 1/2 hours later, some ice and drops and I still look a mess- though getting better.
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replied September 29th, 2010
I have the same thing! It starts with either sneezing or just an itchy eye. Fluid fills underneath my eye so much that it looks like there is a chicken egg under the skin. Then the white part of my eye bubbles up and I start lightly wheezing. My eyes only react like this about twice a year, but nearly every time I am at the gym. I always just take a Claritin/Benadryl and put ice on my eye right away. This usually helps (there is one exception where I had to go to the doctor and get medication to help the swelling).

By any chance, do you link anything else with these allergies? I tend to get it more when I take ibuprofen.
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replied October 18th, 2010
100% agree with ShaynaSD.... it sounds like allergic conjunctivitis..

about a year ago my right eye completely turned bloodshot red and the "water bubble" was so big that i couldn't close it, spent more than a week going to and from the Opthamalogy Department at UCSF Medical Center where they said it was a server case of allergic conjunctivitis, in which they prescribed a steroid eyedrop which completely made it go down.

for more than 5 months my eye was monitored by another opthamologist.. and occasionaly (like right now, which is why i looked it up again) it happens when I have a serve allergic reation attack to dust. I use Naphcon A eyedrops from a drug store whenever it happens, and it goes down within the next hours, just DO NOT RUB OR DO NOT POP the bubble!

My opthamalogist says that the bubble is just a way for your eye to protect itself from any other foreign substances that your eye cannot handle.. its an immune response. If your eye becomes more and more red and the bubble does not go away go to an opthamologist!!

one person mentioned to put hot/warm compress, I found that that just irritated my eye the first time it happened, i don't really recommend this.. EYE DROPS for allergy relief works best!
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replied October 20th, 2010
Clear fluid under Sclera
I agree that it was probably and allergic reaction but at my experience I would look for an advice from a doctor. It can get complicated later so better safe than sorry. Also I would suggest using your own towel for a while so you do not pass it to your house members. I have a son who had similar problems and later my daughter got it to, so it can be passed on.
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replied March 17th, 2011
Bumps on the eyes
I am experiencing the same small fluid filled bubble on the eye and I wonder if it's the same form of eczema that i get on my hands. The bubbles are exactly identical, the ones on my eyes are just a bit smaller.... I have looked up treatment options for this particular eczema, but unfortunately not much is known about it; so, it wasn't that helpful. However, it did say that they would go away and that flare ups were unpredictable but usually mild, not to pick at them and examine changes in your diet, stress or other unusual changes in your lifestyle. It also said they are particularly aggravated during the warmer months, during your period (or while your using contraceptives), and while your body is retaining more water.
This was the site I found most informative if anyone is interested:
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Hope this helps someone! Sorry I couldn't give more useful information.
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replied May 16th, 2011
Blister on the white of the eye. My wife has a latex allergy and she found this out when she put in her brand new contacts. We have since purchased latex free contacts and the problem is gone. Strange, but the same thing happens to me when I get dog or cat hair in or near my eye. I believe this problem that some people have is allergy related. Pop a benadryl and taa daa gone in the morning.
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