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I suggest you can watch and wait for now

I suggest you can watch and wait for now

I suggest you can watch and wait for now

Q A few days ago, I got a sudden pain in my eye. It felt like a stab or an electric shock. It was so bad it stopped me in my tracks. It went away just as fast and my eye looked normal afterwards. I am really worried about it but I don't know what to do about it now as everything is shut down. Normally I would make an appointment with the optician. Should I just forget about it unless it happens again or could it be something serious?

A In absence of trauma to the eye, assuming you are healthy, without any underlying eye disease or systemic illness, a single episode of unilateral (on one side only) eye pain, that lasted only a few seconds (like an electric shock), does not sound alarming to me. It is also good to hear that the eye pain has not recurred. I suggest you can watch and wait for now, unless you were to develop any of the following symptoms below.


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