Eye, Foreign Body

ExitCare ImageA foreign body is an object that should not be there. The object could be near, on, or in the eye.

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If your doctor prescribes an eye patch:

  • Keep the eye patch on. Do this until you see your doctor again.

  • Do not remove the patch to put in medicine unless your doctor tells you.

  • Retape it as it was before:

  • When replacing the patch.

  • If the patch comes loose.

  • Do not drive or use machinery.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

If your doctor does not prescribe an eye patch:

  • Keep the eye closed as much as possible.

  • Do not rub the eye.

  • Wear dark glasses in bright light.

  • Do not wear contact lenses until the eye feels normal, or as told by your doctor.

  • Wear protective eye covering, especially when using high speed tools.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your pain gets worse.

  • Your vision changes.

  • You have problems with the eye patch.

  • The injury gets larger.

  • There is fluid (discharge) coming from the eye.

  • You get puffiness (swelling) and soreness.

  • You have an oral temperature above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • Your baby is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • Your baby is 3 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.