Eye Problems, Noninjury
Eye Problems, Noninjury
Home treatment measures may give
you some relief from your eye symptoms.
- Rest your eye.
- Don't rub your
- If you wear contacts, take the contacts out to rest the
- Use cold or warm compresses, whichever feels
flush your eye with cool water.
- Avoid bright lights or use dark
glasses to protect the eye.
- Nonprescription eyedrops, such as
artificial tear solutions (Akwa Tears,
Duratears, or HypoTears), may be used to moisten
To learn how to use eyedrops and eye ointment, see:
- Eye Problems: Using Eyedrops and Eye Ointment.
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
| Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your fever or pain:|
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
| Be sure to follow these
safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:|
- Carefully read and follow all directions
on the medicine bottle and box.
- Do not take more than the
- Do not take a medicine if you have had an
allergic reaction to it in the past.
you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take
- If you are or could be pregnant, do not take any medicine other
than acetaminophen unless your doctor has told you to.
- Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to.
For treatment information for these common eye problems, see the topics:
- Objects in the Eye.
- Styes and Chalazia.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
- Vision changes occur, such as blurred vision,
loss of vision, or double vision.
- Pain or drainage does not get better. Be sure to remove your
contacts when your eye problem starts.
- Increased sensitivity to
light (photophobia) develops.
- You have blood in
- Swelling or redness develops around the eye area
- Signs of infection are present.
- Symptoms become more severe or
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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