Eye injuries can range from the minor irritant to a serious condition. You need to know what to do when your child gets an injury to the eye.
When your toddler gets something in her eye, try to keep her from putting her fingers on her eye. If there is debris in the eye, rubbing it can scratch the cornea. Usually, the act of blinking will dislodge the object. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to look in the eye for the particle.
First, wash your hands and pull the lower lid slightly downward and his upper lid slightly upward.
If you see that the object is embedded in the eye, you should not try to remove it. Instead, take your child to the emergency room.
If you can see something and it looks like it is floating around the eye, use a cotton swab to carefully touch the object. If this doesn't work, flush the eye out with lukewarm water.
If you remove the object but your toddler is still in pain, there could be an injury to the eye. Take your child to the doctor or an ophthalmologist.
For any eye injury, you should take your child to the ophthalmologist if you notice any of the following:
· swelling or bruising
· your child has blurred or doubled vision
· your child feels that there is something in her eye
· there is pain or your child is bothered by light
· you see any indication that the eyelid is torn
· your child’s eye is red, inflamed, watering excessively, or draining mucus
· the eye seems to not be moving as well as the other
· one eye sticks out or looks different than the other
· the pupil in the injured eye is a different size than other eye
If your child’s eye injury results in a scratched cornea, the doctor will prescribe antibiotic eye drops or eye ointment to prevent an infection and may advise you to apply a cold compress, followed by a warm compress, to reduce any swelling.