First Aid for Eye Scratches
If you have a scratched eye, here are some things you should- and should not-do:
● DO rinse your eye with saline solution or clean water. If you don't have an eyecup, use a small, clean glass. Rest the rim of the glass on the bone at the base of your eye socket, below your lower eyelid. The water or saline solution may flush the foreign object from your eye.
● DO blink. Blinking can help get rid of small bits of dust or sand in your eye.
● DO pull your upper eyelid over your lower eyelid. The lashes from your lower eyelid may be able to brush away any foreign object caught underneath your upper eye lid.
● DO wear sunglasses. Sunglasses will make you more comfortable while you heal.
● DON'T rub your eye. Rubbing your eye can make the scratch worse.
● DON'T touch your eye with anything. Fingers, cotton swabs and other objects won't help remove any foreign objects and could hurt your eye more.
● DON'T wear your contact lenses.
● DON'T use redness-relieving eye drops.