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My 3 year old granddaughter was scratched in the eye two days

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My 3 year old granddaughter was scratched in the eye two days ago. There was a red dot in the white area which probably was the scratch mark. I put a drop or two of saline to refresh the eyes of contact wearers in her eye. She hasn't complained any more but does remember which eye was scratched if she is asked. I have heard of awful eye infections from optical cat scratches. We are keeping this in mind in case she starts to have obvious symptoms of an eye infection or a fever. Should we take her to the doctor anyway? If so, should she be taken to an opthamologist or her regular pediatric doctor? Thank you.

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Dr. Rick :

If her eye looks ok at this point except for a little red dot on the conjunctiva (the white part of her eye) then I would bet that she is going to be fine. I would't be too worried about any type of infection from small scratch in this area of her eye from a cat

JACUSTOMER-x58x4ug4- :

Okay. Thank you.

Dr. Rick :

If you are concerned however, a visit to a pediatric doctor would be of little value -- an ophthalmologist, or better yet a pediatric ophthalmologist (who is used to working with kids) would be the place to go. However, like I stated above, it doesn't sound like this is necessary

JACUSTOMER-x58x4ug4- :

If symptoms do show, should she see an opthamologist or her pediatrician?

Dr. Rick :

ophthalmologist...


 

JACUSTOMER-x58x4ug4- :

Oh. We crossed our communication. Thank you.

Dr. Rick :

my pleasure

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