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I scratched my eye and it really hurts, what should I do? 

I scratched my eye and it really hurts, what should I do? 

Go to a doctor: Visit an eye doctor as soon as possible. Refrain from putting any drops in your eye until you consult a physician as some eye drops can exacerbate the condition. ...Read more

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I believe I scratched my eye, how long does it take for it to heal in any tips to relieve pain?

 I believe I scratched my eye,  how long does it take for it to heal in any tips to relieve pain?

Scratched eye: A scratch/ abrasion usually heals w/in 24-72 hours. Check it out at doc/ urgent care as sometimes need antibiotics as infection can set in and worsen the pain/cause scar/ or may have lash/ foreign body in eye. They also may recommend preservative free eye drops like soothe or systane to keep the eye moist and if large may place a lens bandage on the eye to prevent further damage. f/u w/doc ...Read more

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I scratched my eye. I don't have insurance. What overt the counter remedy should I use?

I scratched my eye. I don't have insurance. What overt the counter remedy should I use?

Artificial Tears: Try preservative free artificial tears. Place one drop in the eye every hour. If you wear contacts, the vision is blurry, your eye turns red--anything worse than what you are currently experiencing, you do need to see an eye md. ...Read more

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I scratched my eye when i tried to get my contact out. How do you make sure i don't get an infection?

I scratched my eye when i tried to get my contact out. How do you make sure i don't get an infection?

See your eye doctor: There is no way to prevent infection other than to see your doctor and find out if antibiotic drops are needed. ...Read more

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I scratched my eye trying to wipe it but pressed to hard it was red so I put eye drops in and it got worse there is a jelly look to the white part did?

I scratched my eye trying to wipe it but pressed to hard it was red so I put eye drops in and it got worse there is a jelly look to the white part did?

Swelling or edema: will cause the conjunctiva to look like jelly. Rinse your eye with room temperature artificial tears or tap water, and then apply a cold compress. Superficial scrathches usually heal in 24 hours, so if not remarkably better, it needs to be evaluated by your doctor or eye doctor. ...Read more

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I scratched my eye with playing card and its watering and hurts. Do i need to go to a er?

I scratched my eye with playing card and its watering and hurts. Do i need to go to a er?

Yes: Have your eye evaluated and treated. Antibiotic eye drops and possibly a pupil dilating agent will be prescribed. Follow up is also important to reassure that your eye is healing properly. ...Read more

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I scratched my eye when I tried to get my contact out. What can I do to prevent getting infection?

I scratched my eye when I tried to get my contact out. What can I do to prevent getting infection?

Contacts, abrasion: You should have your eye examined by your eye md. Wearing contact lenses poses certain risks, and infections can occur more frequently if you have an abrasion or scratch. It's best to keep the contact lens out, and you may use artificial tears, but call your eye md so that an antibiotic can be prescribed. ...Read more

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I put viaderm-kc cream on my finger at night and in the morning. I scratched my eye with that finger, due to an itch.Will my eye be ok?

I put viaderm-kc cream on my finger at night and in the morning. I scratched my eye with that finger, due to an itch.Will my eye be ok?

Usually be fine: Most of the cream will be absorbed by skin especially it's overnight. If you don't feel any uncomfortable, that would be fine.Otherwise you'd better wash it immediately and go to see doctor. ...Read more

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I think I scratch my eye my blood vessels on bottom right of eye is red ! Don't have symptoms assoc. with pink eye ! Can I get eye drops at store ?

I think I scratch my eye my blood vessels on bottom right of eye is red ! Don't have symptoms assoc. with pink eye !  Can I get eye drops at store ?

Artificial tears: You can get OTC eye drops that may help with minor eye irritation at many stores. Visine and Allergan make several. If the irritation persists or you develop any change in vision I would have it checked out. ...Read more

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How do I heal my scratched eye ball; just a little scratch?

How do I heal my scratched eye ball; just a little scratch?

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

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My eye is very red, and irritated. I woke up scratching my eye ball and now there is a small white looking bump near my pupil. I do not have impaired vision, i bought some eye drops is this sufficient?

My eye is very red, and irritated. I woke up scratching my eye ball and now there is a small white looking bump near my pupil. I do not have impaired vision, i bought some eye drops is this sufficient?

Redness, : Redness, irritation, and a "small white bump near my pupil" suggest a possible infection of the cornea. This is a very serious condition, and it should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. Over the counter drops are not sufficient for treatment of a corneal ulcer. ...Read more

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I have a scratch in my eye and its swollen and keeps tearing.

I have a scratch in my eye and its swollen and keeps tearing.

Time for a visit: It is important for this to be evaluated to see if it crosses the cornea, or clear part of your eye.If so, proper medication can be prescribed. ...Read more

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What should I do about my scratched eye; scratched the white part?

What should I do about my scratched eye; scratched the white part?

See Eye MD now.: Any scratch on your eye can lead to an infection and mandates a visit to an eye md. ...Read more

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While taking out my contacts I scratched a part of my eye creating a small red dot it hurt at the time but I feel no pain now should I be okay to put?

Probably : As long as you have felt resolution of your discomfort and no change in vision, you probably have done nothing more than pinched and broke a small blood vessel on your conjunctiva, resulting in a red dot (bruise). This will generally resolve in a week. But, any problems, have your eye doc check your eyes. ...Read more

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Who should I see about my scratched eye? An eye dr, optician, or optometrist?

Who should I see about my scratched eye?  An eye dr, optician, or optometrist?

MD or OD: Optometrists and ophthalmologists can provide you with medical eye care. Opticians cannot. ...Read more

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I scratched the side of my eye. It's red. When I touch it, it gives off a dull ache as if I've been punched, for lack of a better description. ?

I scratched the side of my eye. It's red. When I touch it, it gives off a dull ache as if I've been punched, for lack of a better description. ?

Corneal laceration: If you're experiencing these symptoms after trauma to the eye, you may have experienced a corneal laceration. You should have this evaluated by an Ophthalmologist if you have not already. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get lazy eye later in life? I scratched my cornea in left eye in mid 20s. That eye seems to lag and point outward. Can it be fixed?

Is it possible to get lazy eye later in life? I scratched my cornea in left eye in mid 20s. That eye seems to lag and point outward. Can it be fixed?

Possibly: If there was some "lazy eye" tendency earlier in life before age 8, then a disturbance such as a corneal abrasion can cause it to recur. If you are seeing single vision, this might be the case. If you see double, then you should be evaluated for this. Check with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Scratch in eye?

Scratch in eye?

What is cause: Most scratches of the eye have an incident which can be identified as causing it - such as fingernails, branch of a tree, etc. These are generally quite painful but most heal well and quickly with no consequences. If you know the cause and the pain lasts more than 2 days then see an ophthalmologist. If the abrasion occurred spontaneously than you might have it evaluated right away. ...Read more

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How do I soothe a 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. ...Read more

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How long does scratched eye heal?

How long does scratched eye heal?

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

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What do you do for a scratched eye?

Depends : Depends on where the scratch is and what caused it! best to have this checked out by an eyemd! ...Read more

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What could i do for a scratched eye?

What could i    do for a scratched eye?

See an eye doctor: You must see one to rule out a serious "scratch" such as a corneal abrasion which puts you at risk for an ocular infection. ...Read more

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Is it bad to scratch my eye lids a lot?

Is it bad to scratch my eye lids a lot?

Yes: Eye rubbing or scratching causes inflammation. This in turn makes you want to rub or scratch again. This cycle can be broken if you stop scratching the eyelids and instead have an eye doctor prescribe a treatment aimed at reducing the irritation. ...Read more

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My cat scratched my eye. What do I do ?

My cat scratched my eye. What do I do ?

Cat scratch: This depends on what part of the eye was scratched, the severity of the scratch, and whether it is infected. This should be managed by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What could red scratches under your eye be?

What could red scratches under your eye be?

Scratch: Could be scratch marks from your nails (maybe you are scratching at night), a bugbite, or from a pet. If blood is showing, clean the area with soap and water, and apply a topical antibiotic. ...Read more

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What should I do if a gnat scratched my eye?

Use some: Artificial tears. If the discomfort does not end in a day, then see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more