Seek emergency care if:
- There is loss or change in vision.
- The pain follows an injury to the eye.
1. Protect the Eye
- If the person wears contact lenses, take them out.
- Dark glasses may provide comfort.
- Do not flush, patch, rub, dab at, or place compresses on the eye.
2. Get Medical Help as Soon as Possible
- See a health care provider for persistent pain, eye redness, change in vision, drainage from the eye, rashes around the eye, swelling of the eyelids, or fever.
3. Follow Up
- The health care provider will examine the eye and test vision. Depending on the age of the person, the health care provider may also check the pressure within the eye.
- Depending on the cause, the health care provider may prescribe eye drops or oral medicines and may recommend consultation from an ophthalmologist (eye specialist).
- Follow up depends on the cause of pain but may require a visit to an ophthalmologist.