So you scratched your eyeball eh? That’s too bad. Most people who do this aren’t going to go to their computer and start looking for solutions because they’re one eye short and the light from the screen really hurts, but maybe you can remember a tidbit or two from this short article so that next time you try to make an eyeball shishkabob you will know what to do.
First off, when you skewer your eyeball, you want to make sure that the injury isn’t serious. The only way to know for sure is to go have it looked at. You really have four options:
- Watchful waiting – this is an old term but really it spells out what you can do in cases where you don’t think the scratch is serious enough to get professional help. Usually, if the abrasion doesn’t involve multiple layers, it will heal and the pain will decrease within 24-48 hours. If the pain does not decrease or the abrasion becomes infected, you should seek medical help immediately.
- See your healthcare provider – they can do a quick exam with a slit lamp and tell you if you have an abrasion that can be treated with solutions that lubricate the eye, decrease inflammation or contain antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection on the cornea. Or, they can refer you to an Ophthalmologist if necessary.
- Go to an urgent care facility or the ER – Either one of these options are going to be good if you are not at home, or, if you can’t get into your healthcare provider right away.
- See an Ophthalmologist – they have equipment that allows them to see imperfections on the surface of the eye and accurately assess the damage to the cornea. If the damage is significant and involves multiple layers you may need surgical intervention.
Good Luck with that eye ball scratch! Those are really painful.
~ Dr. Hyatt
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