Posted 2/3/2021 8:20 AM (GMT -7)
Hi, I'm new to the forum and signed up because this was worrying me so much and hoping to have some feedback. I haven't been diagnosed with GERD and it doesn't happen frequently for me, but the night before last I had a experience with it which has been worrying me. It woke me up, as I felt the stomach acid coming up (a regurgitation burp basically), and because I was laying down at the time, it also came burning through my nose, feeling like my nasal passages were literally on fire with stomach acid, and, what concerned me most, was that I felt it in my eye as well (especially the eye on the side I'd been lying). When looking in the mirror, that eye was completely bloodshot red (and stayed that way for many hours), and had a terrible burning feeling.
I considered flushing it out, by dipping into a glass of water, but decided against that as I remembered reading before that that isn't good to do unless there's an actual foreign body in the eye, so I just assumed that the best thing to do was not rub it or rinse it or anything that might further irritate it and just wait for it to clear up on its own. Even now, over 24 hours later, it still feels sore, a bit blurry, and is redder (veinier) than usual, though not nearly as much as at the time of course.
My concern is whether it's possible that this could have caused any damage to my eye, especially since I'm still having soreness and feels like my vision is a bit blurry as well.
At the time it happened, I hadn't really thought that the stomach acid could actually have gone inside the eye, and assumed it was more just a sort of chain reaction from the throat and nasal irritation. But looking up a bit about the connection between the nose and eyes, I can see now how they're essentially connected (if I'm understanding right). And so, thinking about the fact that stomach acid is made of hydrochloric acid and realizing that the stomach acid must have literally been coating my eye for all this time it was burning like crazy, I'm really worried that some vision damage may have occurred, especially since things do seem blurrier and it is still sore and still redder than usual.
As is probably apparent, I don't know much about GERD, so I'm hoping I'm just misunderstanding and that this terrible burning eye symptom doesn't mean that the stomach acid that was clearly in my nasal passage in great quantities (there was a lot of liquid), was literally in the eye itself, and so I'm hoping that these eye symptoms are just a completely harmless although painful side effect of having a GERD episode while lying down, and just caused by a chain reaction from stomach acid in the nasal passage, and that it's not possible for the acid itself to get into the eye. But my worry is that the stomach acid really was actually sitting in the eye there for all the time it was burning so terribly, and that it may have caused some damage as a result.
Sorry for the lengthy message, just wanted to provide context about what little I know about GERD, and what I'm worried about with the eye burning. Hoping that others who've had really bad burning eye symptoms like that from a GERD episode while lying on their side, can put my mind at ease about this, so at least I won't feel I need to panic so much the next time, since the pain from it is bad enough without a lot of worry on top of it.
Thanks very much for your help!