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Best Eye Drops For Scratched Eye
I took atropine eye drops to ease with corneal abrasion a week ago. Any meds I can take to make its dilating effects go away faster?
Been on Tobramycin drops x 4 days for a corneal abrasion - are there any OTC eye drops I can also use for the redness?
OD dx me w/mild corneal abrasion. She had me buy OTC eye drops & nighttime eye lubricant. Can I wear a sleep mask @ night as I have trouble sleeping?
Depends: The best treatment is whichever treatment your eye doctor feels most comfortable with. Depending on when they trained is the treatment that one will receive. If they trained earlier, the treatment could be the placement of an antibiotic ointment, a drop to relax the iris and then a patch or contact lens would be placed. Nowadays, many are not patching the eye and just use topical lubricants. ...Read more
I went to a doctor they said I had a scratched eye gave prescription drop but I still feel like something in eye been a month is it serious?
A few possibilities: This could be due to allergies, dry eyes, or eye infections. All can start or affect 1 eye first. The treatments are very different. For allergies, zaditor (ketotifen) is a good otc eye medicine. For dry eyes, lubricating tears are necessary. For infection, usually of the eyelids, start with eyelid warm compress and diluted baby shampoo scrubs. You should go back to your eye doctor. ...Read more
Corneal abrasion: Depends on where it is scratched and how severe. But if it is a corneal abrasion the treatment is to use an antibiotic drop to prevent infection, and also use lubricating tear drops or ointments to ease the discomfort while it heals. Depending on the size of the abrasion, a patch or contact lens may help with the confort and healing process. Some doctors recomend NSAID drops to help with the comfort. ...Read more
Usually in 1-2 days.: Most scratches in the eye is to the cornea. It is very sensitive and thus painful. Fortunately, they tend to heal very fast. Most within a day and definitely by two days. As it heals, your pain will subside. During this period, it is important to use antibiotic drops to prevent infection of the eye. Band aid contact lens is to minimize the pain. It should be removed in a day or two. ...Read more
Rapidly: The most common event in a scratched eye is corneal abrasion - the loss of a portion of the corneal surface from trauma. These heal extremely rapidly usually within 1-2 days. Your ophthalmologist can assist with this, protecting your eye and providing means for the best comfort. ...Read more
Few days usually: It depends on the area of the abrasion and how deep it is. Usually the area will heal 50% every day so a small abrasion will heal fairly fast. Larger abrasions or complications such as infections, foreign body, dry eyes, filaments, etc will delay healing and may lead to more serious problems. ...Read more
See Eye MD now.: Any scratch on your eye can lead to an infection and mandates a visit to an eye md. ...Read more
See the eye doctor: Not until the eye is completely healed. Get cleared by your eye doctor. ...Read more
Not advisible: Ingredients in neosporin can cause an allergic reaction in the eye. Also, the formulation is designed for the skin not the eye so it will burn. There are much more effective and generically available ointments, see your eye doctor. Besides which, before being evaluated, you cannot be sure the problem is even bacterial. ...Read more
Optical: Some scratches in plastic lenses can be buffed lightly to cover them up. Glass lenses fortunately don't have scratches as commonly but are not as treatable when they do. Go to your optical department and show them your spectacles and ask if they are able to help you. ...Read more
Time and lubrication: Usually for a small corneal abrasion, the eye will heal itself over hours to a few days. It will still feel irritated until the surface heals over but should be steadily improving. There is always a risk for infection or poor healing so a check up is recommended if it does not heal as expected. Using artificial tears for lubrication will help the cornea heal. ...Read more
Take out the lenses: Stop wearing your contacts immediately and see an eye doctor. ...Read more
Unlikely: Most eyes with scratches have a defect produced in the corneal epithelium which is quite painful but heals well. The scratch would have to penetrate the eye or cause a progressive infection for the eye to proceed to blindness. And the person would have to ignore the symptoms of these and not get help. ...Read more
Not unless it is big: A scratch on the cornea is usually not visible unless it is very large. ...Read more
Not likely: A corneal scratch (abrasion) is a loss of the thin skin covering the cornea. Usually this does not involve the deeper layers and as long as the eye is not penetrated or infected, visual loss is very uncommon. You should see an ophthalmolgist for a corneal scratch both for symptomatic relief and for proper treatment. ...Read more
MD or OD: Optometrists and ophthalmologists can provide you with medical eye care. Opticians cannot. ...Read more
Is bandage contact is safe to wear even sleeping at night? Any tips to make the scratched eye heal faster?
Yes: I assume bandage lens was prescribed and placed by your eye doctor. If you are monitored by him/her and lens changed as necessary, you should be ok. Remember to call him/her if any problems. ...Read more
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