What Causes A Blister In Your Eye — And How Do You Treat It?

Dr. Mai-Vy Hoang 01/24/2017

allergy-medication.pngBlisters aren't limited to the feet and fingers. Blisters can form on the white portion of the eye in the form of a bubble.

Why Blisters Form On The Eye

Allergic conjunctivitis is responsible for the formation of eye blisters and bubbles. This occurs when the eye is exposed to allergens like dander and pollen. Allergic conjunctivitis can even be triggered when the eyes are subjected to dust, fragrances and other powerful chemicals, like dyes.

Some patients develop symptoms when using certain eye drops or even when placing solution-laden contact lenses in their eyes. Most people are not highly sensitive to eye drops and contact lens solutions. Only those with hypersensitivity to these liquids will endure an eye blister.

It is important to note that eye blisters are not contagious. However, eye blisters almost always induce some level of pain and discomfort.

Indications of allergic conjunctivitis range from eye itches to puffiness, an inflamed appearance, a burning and foreign body sensation and overly watery eyes.

Treatment Options

A topical decongestant medication should be administered to mitigate the redness induced by the eye blister. It is possible for the eye blister to worsen if such a medication is applied for a lengthy period of time. Other treatment options include oral medications, antihistamine medications and allergy shots.

If the blister is large and/or painful, it is possible to treat it with topical steroids. However, topical steroids are a last resort and can only be used if a viral infection does not occur along with the allergic symptoms noted above. Topical steroids should only be applied under the care and close supervision of a doctor. If used improperly, topical steroids will boost eye pressure and possibly cause an array of additional problems that have the potential to be worse than eye blisters.

Perhaps you or a loved one is struggling with an eye blister at the current moment. Call Broome Optical for prompt treatment.

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