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How is a scratched eye treated?

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If you see a doctor for your scratched eye, here's what to expect:

Small, surface corneal abrasions heal in a couple of days. You can take pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) if you need them, unless you have heart failure or kidney failure.

If your abrasion is larger, you may need to see an ophthalmologist (eye specialist). They'll put a bandage contact lens over your injured eye to help it heal.

  • They'll examine your eye for damage, remove any particles, and check your vision.
  • You may get antibiotic ointment or pain relievers.

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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