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Eye Herpes (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

Seek medical attention if you have eye pain.

  • Most commonly, home care consists of flushing the eye with water. See the home care section under eye injuries for techniques on how to flush your eye with water.


  • If you think a foreign body is in your eye, do not rub your eye. This can seriously damage the eye by causing more damage to the surface as the foreign body is moved around with rubbing. Do not attempt to remove a foreign body from your eye or someone else's eye. Treatment other than gentle eye irrigation is generally not recommended and should be reserved for ophthalmologists and other medical professionals.


  • For mild cases of eye discomfort, rest your eyes, take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol), and avoid bright light.
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