Eye Injuries - Home Treatment
Most minor eye injuries can be
treated at home.
- 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 that 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.
- Do not
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
- Keep your head elevated to help reduce
- Try a nonprescription pain medicine such as
acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin to relieve pain.
Do not take aspirin if you are younger than 20 unless
your doctor tells you to.
More specific home treatment can be used for certain types of
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:
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.
- Do not take more than the
- Do not take a medicine if you have had an
allergic reaction to it in the past.
you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take
- If you are or could be pregnant, do not take any medicine other
than acetaminophen unless your doctor has told you to.
Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to.
Symptoms to Watch For During Home Treatment
Use the Check Your Symptoms section to
evaluate your symptoms if any of the following occur during home
- Decreased, double, or blurred vision doesn't
clear with blinking.
- Pain has not gotten better.
Blood develops over the colored part
(iris) of the eye.
- Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
Signs of infection develop.
become more severe or more frequent.