Chemical Eye Burns (cont.)
Medications After You Go Home
- For very minor injuries, you may need nothing more
than artificial tears or lubricants for dry eyes.
- For more significant injuries, you will need prolonged therapy with
potentially many medications to heal your eye.
- Until the surface of the eye heals, it is at a higher risk for an
infection; therefore, topical antibiotics may be
used in the form of eyedrops or ointments.
- Topical steroids are used to reduce inflammation and to
facilitate healing early in the recovery period after a chemical injury.
These medications should be used judiciously under the guidance of an
ophthalmologist, because they can cause long-term complications, such as
infections and glaucoma.
- Other medications used to support corneal repair include topical citrate
and ascorbate drops, oral antibiotics (for example,
and oral vitamin C.
- If your eye pressure is too high, glaucoma
medications may be used temporarily to control the pressure.
- Pain medications by mouth may be
necessary, and dilating eyedrops are often also used to control pain and to
- If your eye has been seriously damaged, you may need a surgery to control
glaucoma, remove a cataract, or other procedures to restore a healthy ocular
surface and eyelids.
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