Home Remedies For Poked Eye

By Patricia | January 25, 2010

My daughter got her eye poked and now it is red, how to cure this ?

The eye injury you have described is in medical terms called a corneal abrasion. This occurs when trauma to the eye is caused by a scratch with a fingernail or by getting poked in the eye. Depending upon the seriousness of the condition it would be advisable to consult an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. If the object that poked the eye (even as seemingly harmless as a tree branch or a baby’s fingernails) was contaminated it could infect the eye as well. This kind of an eye infection could lead to partial or complete blindness. The red eyes are a result of a broken blood vessel located between the sclera and conjunctiva, which allows blood to seep into the eye. Usually painless, this condition does not cause any permanent damage and is likely to clear up in a matter of days. But do make sure that she is not in pain, the eye is not itching, and that she does not have blurred vision.

How To Deal With Eye Inury

If you do consult a doctor she may be given antibiotic drops to stall potential infection or some other medication to relieve the pain and sensitivity to light by dilating the eye. She may also be advised to wear goggles before steeping out into the sun. At home you could make an ice pack by wrapping ice cubes in a towel and place over the eye for 15-20 minutes. You could also try an alternative hot and cold compress. The hot compress should only be used if she does not experience any itching. You may also make a concoction out of rose water, Aloe Vera juice and milk by mixing them in equal proportions. Dip a ball of cotton into the mixture and place over the closed eye for about twenty minutes. Make sure your daughter is lying on her back in a dimly lit room before placing the cotton swab. A native medicinal plant called goldenseal contains berberine which helps to compress the blood vessels in the eye and reduce the redness. You may either use it to rinse out the eye or use it as an eye compress. Splash the eye periodically with cold water but only with the eye closed. This will shrink the ruptured blood vessel and soothe the eye. Make sure your daughter gives the eyes as much rest as possible. Avoid watching television, reading and stepping out of the house as much as possible, as the dust and smoke have a tendency of aggravating the condition.

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