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. 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.
- 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.