Eye injuries, even minor ones, can be serious and should be assessed immediately. If the injury is serious and significant, consulting a doctor and contacting personal injury lawyers may be necessary. If the injury is minor, as many of them are, here are some tips to treat eye injuries at home.
Eye injuries, especially in children, can be quite frightening, and applying first aid to a child’s minor eye injury might be difficult. Enlist the help of another adult, speak calmly, and move slowly and gently to gain the trust and cooperation of the child. Your child will likely calm down within a matter of a minute or two.
In order to reduce the swelling around the eye, apply ice packs or cold packs to the area for 15 minutes at a time, three or four times a day. To protect the skin, place a protective cloth between the cold pack and the eye. Start this process immediately after the injury occurs and continue the process for the next 48 hours as needed. Once the swelling recedes, use warm compresses to relieve any pain. Keeping your head elevated will also help reduce swelling.
Protect a Cut
A minor cut on an eyelid can also be treated at home. The most important thing is to keep the cut from getting infected, so apply a sterile bandage to the site. You may also use a clean cloth, but avoid any kind of cotton bandages which could shred or tear and enter your eye. Any bandage must remain clean and dry.
All chemical ice packs have the potential to leak; in order to avoid any more damage to your eye, do not use these kinds of packs for eye injuries. Contrary to what you may have seen in movies and cartoons, putting a slab of raw meat on an injured eye is not recommended.
Non-prescription pain relievers are perfectly safe to take in order to relieve minor eye pain. Ibuprofen, acetaminophen and aspirin are all acceptable products for adults; however, children under the age of 20 should not take aspirin unless directed to do so by a physician.
The first thing to do after any eye injury is to assess the extent of the damage. Objects in the eye, burns in or around the eye or serious blows to the eye will probably require some medical attention. However, minor eye injuries are easily treated at home with some attention and care.