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While gardening late yesterday I was stabbed in the eye by

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While gardening late yesterday I was stabbed in the eye by the tip of a yucca plant. It hurt a lot at first but the pain has lessened considerably and there is no mark of entry.

I washed it out immediately and tried to set up an appointment for today with an opthamologist. However, it is the July 4 weekend and no one is in.

Is there anything I should be doing? Eye wash?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 6 years ago.

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It is good that you have washed the eye immediately as it removes any associated dirt with it. It is possible that the tip of the plant could have abraded the conjunctiva ( white of the eye) and that is why there is not much pain / redness / watering or photophobia in the eye. Since a plant tip can carry bacteria or fungus in the eye , it is always better to start prophylactic antibiotic eye drops . Till you get to meet an ophthalmologist, you can start lubricating eye drops like Refresh tears eye drops 1 drop 4 times a day as it will help soothen the eye and small abrasions of the eye heal with just lubricating eye drops and patching for 1 day only.

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Edited by Dr. A.S. Desai on 7/3/2010 at 3:28 PM EST
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