Eye Problems, Noninjury (cont.)
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Check Your Symptoms
Home treatment measures may give you some relief from your eye symptoms.
- Rest your eye.
- Don't rub your eye.
- If you wear contacts, take the contacts out to rest the eyes.
- Use cold or warm compresses, whichever feels best.
- Gently flush your eye with cool water.
- Avoid bright lights or use dark glasses to protect the eye.
- Nonprescription eyedrops, such as artificial tear solutions (Akwa Tears, Duratears, or HypoTears), may be used to moisten your eyes.
To learn how to use eyedrops and eye ointment, see:
- Eye Problems: Using Eyedrops and Eye Ointment.
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
| Try a nonprescription medicine to help treat your fever or pain:|
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
| Be sure to follow these safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:|
- Carefully read and follow all directions on the medicine bottle and box.
- Do not take more than the recommended dose.
- Do not take a medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past.
- If you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take it.
- If you are or could be pregnant, do not take any medicine other than acetaminophen unless your doctor has told you to.
- Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to.
For treatment information for these common eye problems, see the topics:
- Objects in the Eye.
- Styes and Chalazia.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:
- Vision changes occur, such as blurred vision, loss of vision, or double vision.
- Pain or drainage does not get better. Be sure to remove your contacts when your eye problem starts.
- Increased sensitivity to light (photophobia) develops.
- You have blood in the eye.
- Swelling or redness develops around the eye area (periorbital cellulitis).
- Signs of infection are present.
- Symptoms become more severe or frequent.