Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Eye Pain Home Care

Home care for eye pain includes:

  • Avoid exposure to bright light.
  • Apply cold compresses:
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed.
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Ibuprofen for pain
  • Do not wear contact lenses.
  • Try to remove the foreign body from your eye:
    • Gently rinse the eye with tap water or eyewash.
    • Place your face in a bowl of water and then open and close eyes under water.
    • If you have dirt under the upper lid, pull the upper lid out and draw it over the lower lid.

Eye Pain Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have eye pain and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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