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Eye Problems, Noninjury - Home Treatment

Home treatment measures may give you some relief from your eye symptoms.

  • Rest your eye.
  • Don't rub your eye.
  • If you wear contacts, take the contacts out to rest the eyes.
  • Use cold or warm compresses, whichever feels best.
  • Gently flush your eye with cool water.
  • Avoid bright lights or use dark glasses to protect the eye.
  • Nonprescription eyedrops, such as artificial tear solutions, such as Hypo Tears, may be used to moisten your eyes.

To learn how to use eyedrops and eye ointment, see:

actionset.gif Eye Problems: Using Eyedrops and Eye Ointment.

For treatment information for these common eye problems, see the topics:

Pinkeye.
Objects in the Eye.
Styes and Chalazia.

Symptoms to watch for during home treatment

Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:

  • Vision changes occur, such as blurred vision, loss of vision, or double vision.
  • Pain or drainage does not get better.
  • Increased sensitivity to light (photophobia) develops.
  • You have blood in the eye.
  • Swelling or redness develops around the eye area (periorbital cellulitis).
  • Signs of infection are present.
  • Symptoms become more severe or frequent.

If you wear contacts, be sure to remove your contacts when your eye problem starts.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 06, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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