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How should I clean a scratched eye?

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  • Look for small particles stuck under the eyelid.
  • Flush the eye with clean water or saline solution once or twice to soothe your eye and get rid of any particles. Don't rinse the eye more than a few times. That can make the situation worse.
  • Don't rub or press on your eye.

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Corneal Abrasions."

Florida Hospital Urgent Care Central Care Health Library: "Corneal Abrasion or Injury."

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Corneal Abrasion."

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Corneal Abrasions."

Corneal Abrasion Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on December 07, 2017

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Corneal Abrasions."

Florida Hospital Urgent Care Central Care Health Library: "Corneal Abrasion or Injury."

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Corneal Abrasion."

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Corneal Abrasions."

Corneal Abrasion Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on December 07, 2017

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