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i was riding my 4wheeler and a tree limb scratched my eye on

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i was riding my 4wheeler and a tree limb scratched my eye on the pupil. its not deep but i can see the scratch -
i dont have insurance
my girlfriend had shingles and she has steroid drops, antibiotic eye ointment, and drops for glaucoma ( just in case ), and drops that make your eye numb

will any of these help my injury?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.

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Do not use the drops that make your eye numb. As a matter of fact the best thing to do with those drops is to throw them out....they are dangerous to use......

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Do not use the steroid drops....those will just slow down the healing process and increase your risk of getting a serious infection.....

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You don't have glaucoma so don't use those drops.......

Dr. Rick :

You can use the antibiotic eye ointment as long as it is not an antibiotic/steroid combination ointment. Goop up your eye with that, put cool compresses on your eye, try to keep the eye closed and things should be back to normal in 24 hours. If they aren't you should see an ophthalmologist.

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One other point. Since the mechanism of injury has a lot of possible force you might have cut your cornea (the clear part of the front of your eye) instead of just scratching it. If you think this may be the case, you need to see an ophthalmologist right away as this is an emergency.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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