Scratched Eye/Corneal Abrasion Treatment
Seek emergency care if:
- There is pain, change in vision, or increased sensitivity to light after a scratch or trauma to the eyeball.
- There is a foreign object lodged in the eye or eyelid.
- Something hit the eye at high speed or with high force.
1. Clean and Protect the Eye
- Inspect the eye for small particles that may be stuck under the eyelid and causing symptoms.
- Flush the eye with clean water or saline solution to remove particle or to soothe the eye surface.
2. When to See a Health Care Provide
Get medical help if:
- The person has blurred vision or eye pain, tearing, redness, or irritation even if there does not appear to be something in the eye. There may be a scratch on the surface of the eye called a corneal abrasion.
3. Follow Up
If you see a health care provider:
- The health care provider will examine the eye for damage, remove any particles, and check the vision.
- Antibiotic ointment or pain relievers may be prescribed.
- Small, surface corneal abrasions heal in a couple of days. Pain medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) can be taken for pain.
- For larger abrasions, care from an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) may be needed.