Foreign Body, Eye (cont.)
Eye Foreign Body Medical Treatment
- For scratches on the cornea (called corneal abrasions), the usual treatment is an antibiotic ointment and/or antibiotic eyedrops and pain medicine. If the abrasion is large (greater than 50% of the corneal surface), then it may also be treated with a patch.
- Any noted damage to the iris, the lens, or the retina requires immediate evaluation by an ophthalmologist and may or may not require surgery.
- A ruptured eyeball requires surgery by an ophthalmologist.
- If no other injury is noted, hyphema (blood in between the cornea and the iris) requires close follow-up care with an ophthalmologist.
Howard A. Blumstein, MD, FAAEM
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