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Scratches On The Eye

1. My child scratched my eye. What should I do?

A scratched eye can be a scary (and painful) experience, but most are minor and heal within a few days. When an eye is scratched it will feel irritated and uncomfortable and you may notice some tearing, redness, light sensitivity, headache, and blurred vision after it happens. It is okay to rinse the eye with water or place a cold washcloth over the eye (for comfort), but avoid rubbing the eye as this can make the condition worse.

Because of the possibility of infection, swelling, and scarring, you should see your eye doctor as soon as possible after it has been scratched. The doctor may give you some eye drops or ointment to reduce the pain and help the eye heal faster.

2. Is a scratch on the eye dangerous?

Anytime an eye is scratched there is the possibility of infection, swelling, and scarring, so you should see your eye doctor as soon as possible after it has been scratched. The doctor may give you some eye drops or ointment to reduce the pain and help the eye heal faster.