If you have a cut on your eyelid, apply a sterile
bandage or cloth to protect the area. If you don't have a sterile bandage, use
a clean cloth. Do not use fluffy cotton bandages around the eye. They could tear
apart and get stuck in the eye. Keep the bandage clean and dry.
reduce swelling around the eye, apply
ice or cold packs for 15 minutes 3 or 4 times a day during the first 48
hours after the injury. The sooner you apply a cold pack, the less swelling you
are likely to have. Place a cloth between the ice and your skin. After the
swelling goes down, warm compresses may help relieve pain.
use chemical cooling packs on or near the eye. If the pack leaks, the chemicals
could cause more eye damage. Do not use a piece of raw meat on an injured
If your eye symptoms are not completely gone after 24 hours of
home treatment, see your doctor.
Eye injury in a child
Applying first aid measures for
an eye injury in a child may be difficult, depending on the child's age, size,
and ability to cooperate. Having another adult help you treat the child is
helpful. Stay calm and talk in a soothing voice. Use slow, gentle movements to
help the child remain calm and cooperative. A struggling child may need to be
held strongly so that first aid can be started and the seriousness of the eye
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your fever or pain:
Aspirin (also a nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drug), such as Bayer or Bufferin
Talk to your child’s doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Be sure to follow these
safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:
Carefully read and follow all directions
on the medicine bottle and box.