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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:

    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 14, 2014
    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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