Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Injured Eye Home Care

Initial home care for eye injuries may include:

  • Perform wound care as directed by your doctor.
  • Clean the skin gently:
    • Use mild soap and water.
    • Do not scrub the skin.
    • Dry the skin.
    • Apply an antibiotic ointment.
  • 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.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed.
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Ibuprofen for pain

Ongoing home care for eye injuries may include:

Injured Eye Warning Signs

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

Continue to Injured Eye Underlying Cause

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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