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Eye Ointment For Scratched Eye
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
See Eye MD now.: Any scratch on your eye can lead to an infection and mandates a visit to an eye md.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
See the eye doctor: Not until the eye is completely healed. Get cleared by your eye doctor.
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.
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.
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.