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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for a small eyelid laceration?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Here's help

If the laceration is small (less than 1/2 inch) and if the eye is not involved or the lid margin, and you do not suspect infection, then you can treat it by cleaning it, and taping the edges together. If any of the above conditions are present you should see your ophthalmologist to prevent scarring and damage to the vision.

In brief: Here's help

If the laceration is small (less than 1/2 inch) and if the eye is not involved or the lid margin, and you do not suspect infection, then you can treat it by cleaning it, and taping the edges together. If any of the above conditions are present you should see your ophthalmologist to prevent scarring and damage to the vision.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depth important

If it is not deep and doesn't involve the margin of the lid, taping is ok.
I would cleanse the wound 2x/day with peroxide (don't get it in the eye) and apply small amount of antibiotic ointment as well. If the wound is deeper, involves the lid margin, or if you're not sure...Go see your doctor.

In brief: Depth important

If it is not deep and doesn't involve the margin of the lid, taping is ok.
I would cleanse the wound 2x/day with peroxide (don't get it in the eye) and apply small amount of antibiotic ointment as well. If the wound is deeper, involves the lid margin, or if you're not sure...Go see your doctor.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Butterfly

For a small laceration you could try a butterfly bandage although it depends on where on the lid the cut is, it may be difficult to keep in place.
Do not try any otc liquid bandages as these could be harmful if they would get into the eye.

In brief: Butterfly

For a small laceration you could try a butterfly bandage although it depends on where on the lid the cut is, it may be difficult to keep in place.
Do not try any otc liquid bandages as these could be harmful if they would get into the eye.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery

In brief: Soap and water

Depends alot on exactly where it is.

In brief: Soap and water

Depends alot on exactly where it is.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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