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Can ear drops in eye be damaging if not treated right away

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Can ear drops in eye be damaging if not treated right away?

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I put the in this morning. They stung at first but it went away. Now my eyelid is swollen and my eye is a bit red.
Ear drops are acidic and can burn the eyes.

The amount of damage depends on how much and how long the eyes were in contact with the ear drops.

It is recommended you rinse out your eyes with eye wash or tap water if you have not already done so. Use artificial tears thereafter to soothe yours.

If you experience worsening eye pain or change in vision, then you should have your eyes examined to assess the degree of acid burn to your eyes.
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