Eye Problems, Noninjury
Home treatment measures may give you some relief from your eye symptoms.
- Rest your eye.
- Don't rub your eye.
- If you wear Reference contacts, take the contacts out to rest the eyes.
- Use cold or warm compresses, whichever feels best.
- Gently Reference 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:
|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:|
For treatment information for these common eye problems, see the topics:
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Reference 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 (Reference photophobia Opens New Window) develops.
- You have blood in the eye.
- Swelling or redness develops around the eye area (periorbital cellulitis).
- Reference Signs of infection are present.
- Symptoms become more severe or frequent.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 4, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine