Home Care Advice for Minor Eye Injuries
- Superficial Cuts or Scrapes:
Swelling or Bruises with Intact Skin (including a Black Eye):
- Apply direct pressure for 10 minutes with a sterile gauze to stop any bleeding.
- Wash the wound with soap and water for 5 minutes. (Protect the eye with a clean cloth.)
- Apply antibiotic ointment such as Polysporin (no prescription needed) to cuts. Cover large scrapes with Band-Aid. Change daily.
Pain Medicine: Give acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen as necessary for pain relief.
Expected Course: Both of these injuries are harmless, last about 2 weeks and cannot be helped by any medicine.
Call Your Doctor If:
- Initially, apply a cold pack or ice bag wrapped in a wet cloth to the area for 20 minutes per hour to reduce the bleeding. Repeat for 4 consecutive hours.
- A black eye usually takes 1 to 2 days to develop.
- A flame-shaped bruise of the white of the eyeball is also common. (called a subconjunctival hemorrhage)
- After 48 hours, apply a warm wash cloth for 10 minutes 3 times per day to help reabsorb the blood.
- Pain becomes severe
- Changes in vision
- Your child becomes worse
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
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Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. Clinical content review provided by Senior Reviewer and Healthpoint Medical Network.
Last Review Date: 6/1/2011
Last Revised: 8/1/2011 3:31:48 PM
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker
Version Year: 2012
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