Foreign Body Eye Home Care
Home care for an eye foreign body may include:
- Avoid rubbing your eyes.
- Wash your hands before touching the injured eye.
- For glass fragments around the eye:
- Bend over with the eyes closed.
- Blow on the closed eyelids.
- Scotch tape may remove small fragments from the outer eyelid.
- 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.
- Remove contact lenses.
- Acetaminophen for pain
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
Foreign Body Eye Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have an eye foreign body and any of the following:
- Blood covering the white of the eye
- Blood covering the pupil of the eye
- Green or yellow mucus draining from the eye
- Change in vision
- Cloudiness of the surface of the eye
- Double vision
- Foreign body on the cornea
- Worsening eye pain
- Worsening eye redness
- Worsening headaches
- Worsening sensitivity to bright light
Continue to Foreign Body Eye Underlying Cause
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