Small blisters or bubble in eyeball can be quite painful. Rubbing your eyes excessively can cause your eye to become red and form a cyst on the conjunctiva, the clear vesicular tissue that lay on top of the white part of eye. A good fact about this kind of bumps is that they are not harmless, the bubble can however be very uncomfortable to have.
With this kind of bubble, what you need to do is to avoid irritating it further, do not try to rub it or poke at it. Here are some of the other possible causes of the bubbles, pictures to help with a visual illustration of how the bubbles look like, and tips on what to do when you have the bubble.
Bubble on the eyeball
Our eyes are one of the most vital organs. It is using the eyes that we are able to explore our world and enjoy some of the beauty it has to offer. A bubble on eyeball is easily noticeable due to the position of the eye. This bubble is a cyst-like growth that mostly appears on the cornea also called the whites of the eye.
A bubble on the eye can be of two type, it could either be pingueculae or a pterygium. The two are somewhat similar, the difference being pingueculae are bigger than pterygium and take and take long to heal.
The actual cause of these bubbles is unknown. The risk of having the bumps, however, increases with age. They are also more common I people who spent a lot of time outdoors without wearing protective gear such as sunglasses. You also risk developing the bumps on your eyeball if you are one of those people who spent a lot of time rubbing and irritating the eye.
An eyeball cyst can also be associated with an allergy. A blister or bubble forming on the white of the eye could signify allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis is a condition in which your eye becomes reactive to irritants such as pollen grain, dust, and other allergens. The American Association for pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious but could cause a lot of discomforts.
An allergic reaction causing this kind of bubble could also happen when your eyes are exposed to chemical allergens. This could such things as dyes and fragrances. Some people could also develop the cyst as an allergic reaction to eye drops or as a result of wearing contact lenses. If the bubble is caused by allergic conjunctivitis, then you would expect to observe some of the following symptoms.
- Watery eyes
- Severe itching inside eyes
- Puffy eyes
- A pink and bloodshot conjunctiva
- For some people, the eyes may burn and appear inflamed
Bubble on eyeball picture
Through this article, we have provided you with images to help illustrate how the cyst, lump, bump or bubble will appear on the eyeball. It is good to know that the bubble could occur on any other part of the eye. Understanding what the underlying cause of a bump is, is the first step in managing and controlling the bubble.
White a bubble on the eyelid, it is important to have it checked out by a professional eye care provider. This way, you minimize the risk of spreading the infection or the condition growing to unmanageable states. The images and pictures provided are for illustration only and cannot be used as a substitute for professional health diagnosis.
Small bubble on eyeball
Small bubble on eyeball can be tiny painless and at times they could go unnoticed. When appearing as very small bubbles, they will manifest in the form of small clumps of tiny clear lesions. This lumps should be treated as soon as possible.
When left untreated or unchecked for long, you risk developing temporary vision changes. The small bubble could also spread and develop on any part of the eye. The bumps could also grow to large bubbles.
With large bubble or cyst on the eyeball, you are likely to experience a gritty feeling that is accompanied by inflammation. You are also more likely to develop sore feeling. Finally, the eye will become red. Most people with large bubble will complain of dry eyes. The bumps may also change color to yellow bumps on the eyeball.
With the bumps getting more and more uncomfortable, it is an obvious sign that you will need to visit your health care provider as fast as possible. However, depending on how severe the symptoms are, you could turn to some over the counter medication to try and ease things out before you finally see your doctor.
For mild cases, you could relieve the symptoms by using few drops of eye drop (the attending pharmacists will be able to advise on the dosage). Medicated drops can offer relief for moderate irritation and discomfort caused by the bubble on the eye.
Bubble on eyeball allergies
Early on we said an allergy occurs when your eyes become reactive to certain products, those we are calling allergens. Allergens are all those products or substance your eyes could react to, to for the painless or painful bubbles on the eyeball. The most common allergen that could result in these bumps is pollen and dust.
When this allergen comes in contact with your eyeball, or the whites of eyes, the resulting irritation, itch and scratching could lead to the formation of a liquid bubble. If you work or live in a dusty environment or one that contains pollen, a good practice will be to always wear protective sunglasses before going out.
At the start, we said that eye bubbles are common, harmless and do not pose any risk when managed into. To prevent temporary vision lose. Do not self-diagnose and rule out all bumps occurring on eyeball as bubbles. You need to be very vigilant of:
- Unusual bumps occurring anywhere whether inside eyes, under the eyeball, on the eyelid or on any part of the body.
- You will also need to be on the lookout for blood traces or
- Any kind of soreness inside eyes
Seek medical attention as possible for serious condition irritation, itching, swelling or any other discomforting symptoms.
Air bubble on eyeball
Unlike a fluid filled blister, an air bubble, on eyeball will be filled with air instead of fluids such as sebum, blood or pus in cases of infected bubble on eyes. Like a blister, an air bubble can be caused by any of the following:
- Friction caused by rubbing your conjunctiva on a regular basis
- The bubble can also be caused by excessive heat as is the case with sunburn and scald
- The bump could also be from an allergic reaction such as by the exposure of chemicals and other allergens
- The air bubble could also result from an underlying medical condition affecting the eye
Before attempting to pop the bump, have your doctor look at it to establish what the actual underlying cause of the bubble is.
Clear bubble on eyeball
The appearance of a bubble on eyeball will vary depending on what the underlying cause of the bumps is. A clear bump on the eye can be a clear indication of a conjunctival cyst. A clear conjunctival cyst form as a result of continued excess rubbing of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the mucous membrane that covers the front of the eye. The membrane lines the inside of the eye.
A clear bubble can be very uncomfortable, the good news is that they are harmless. These bumps are however very irritating, causes pain when you blink most of these bumps are hard to get rid of. When you notice a clear bubble inside the eye, it should not go for more than two days before consulting your health care provider.
Just like with other body cyst and bumps, you should avoid scratching the bum. This way you prevent the risk of spreading an infection or worsening the symptoms. DO NOT poke or attempt to pop the bump. To offer relief for dryness, you could try to pour in some artificial tears. That way you are able to relieve the irritation causing the discomfort.
Fluid or water bubble on eyeball
A fluid or water bubble on eyeball can be a blister. This kind of fluid filled pockets will often occur on upper layers of the skin. The common site is on hands and feet. Blisters can, however, occur on any part of the body.
When the conjunctiva or the whites of the eye (mucous membrane around the eye) is damaged, fluids collects under the damaged skin, cushioning the tissue underneath. The blister or bubble that forms is what protect the tissues underneath from further damage and allows it to heal. A common cause for this kind of tissue damage is continuous and excessive rubbing of the eyeball.
The bubble often is filled with serum, blood or pus when they become inflamed or infected. Most blisters or fluid filled bumps will heal on their own without necessarily have to treat them. To make sure the blister heals and you are free from any kind of infection, you need to avoid rubbing or popping the bump.
When the bubble on the eyelid is infected, it will be filled with a yellow or green pus. The bubble becomes very painful and may change from a clear bump to a red one.
Bubble on white part of eyeball
Sclera or the whites of the eye is the white outer layer of the eyeball. It is the firm white fibrous membrane that forms the outer covering of the eyeball. A bubble that forms on the whites can signify a possible allergic reaction occurring to the sclera. According to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, this kind of reaction is not contagious but could cause a lot of discomforts.
An allergic reaction of the eyeball causing this kind of bubble is known as allergic conjunctivitis. The National Health Service UK, NHS, describes conjunctivitis as a common condition that causes redness and inflammation of the conjunctiva (the thin layer of tissue covering the front of the eye).
When the underlying cause of the bubble on eyeball is allergic conjunctivitis, you are more likely to observe other symptoms such as:
- Watery eyes
- A sticky coating on the eyelashes
- Redness around eye as due to the inflammation and widening of blood vessels that occur in the conjunctiva
- The inflammation may also cause the glands in the whites of eyes to become overactive thus producing more water and mucous.
- You are also likely to experience a burning sensation inside eyes
- Swollen lymph gland around ear
Seek medical attention when the above symptoms persist. When left untreated bubble in eyes could cause your to have disturbed vision. You could also become sensitive to light. This can be very painful and even make it hard to walk outside.
You can protect yourself from the allergens causing allergic conjunctiva by wearing sunglasses or contact lenses when going out.
Yellow bubble on eyeball
Unlike other types of the bubble on eyeballs, a yellow bubble is most likely to be pingueculae. Pingueculae is a slightly raised yellowish thickening of the conjunctiva on the whites of the eyes (sclera). They mostly appear close to the edge of the cornea. These bumps are non-cancerous.
In most cases, these yellow bumps will occur on the top of the middle part of the sclera. This is the part, between your eyelids. The bumps can also occur on the outer sclera. Since the common site where these bumps are formed is often exposed to the sun, UV radiation from the sun is the primary cause of pingueculae. Other risk factors for the condition are frequently exposed to winds and dust.
Yellow bubbles on eye ae more common I middle aged and older people who spent a considerable amount of time. The bumps can also occur in younger people and children. Protective sunglasses are recommended when going out in the sun or on cloudy days, this is because the UV rays can penetrate the cloud cover causing damage to your eyes.
Pingueculae will often show no symptoms in most people, however, for those who symptoms appear, they will include the following:
- Disrupted tear film as a result of the raised yellow bumps on the whites of eyes
- Severe dryness inside eyes
- A burning sensation inside eyes
- Mild to severe itching
- Blurred vision
- Foreign body sensation
- The appearance of extra blood vessels inside eyes
- The pingueculae could become swollen and inflamed (pingueculitis)
The treatment for this condition will vary depending on how severe the symptoms are. Anyone with this condition will need to protect their eye from continued exposure to harmful UV rays from the sun, make sure to your wear sunglasses with high UV light blocking quality. Otherwise, you may try the following treatment:
- For mild cases of dryness and a foreign body sensation, a mild lubricating eye drop can be used to relieve the symptoms.
- Your doctor may also prescribe scrotal contact lenses to cover the growth and protect it from dryness or continued exposure to UV lights
- For the localized swelling and inflammation, steroid eye drop may be used to bring down the symptoms
- When all the above seem not to work, surgical removal the pingueculae may be considered, this is especially when the bubbles become uncomfortable, interferes with contact lenses or the bubbles is cosmetically bothersome.
- Your need to report to your doctor any cases of change. Have your doctor know of any color, size, and shape changes to the bubble on eyeball