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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.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    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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