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I just scratched my eye on a dried lilly leaf (rather thick)

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I just scratched my eye on a dried lilly leaf (rather thick) about 10 min. ago. It's already starting to hurt a bit less and it feels similar to having a large eyelash caught in the eye, maybe a tiny bit 'more' than that. a bit achey. I can see fine.
I cannot see any mark using strong direct light, reading glasses and a magnifying mirror. It feels as if it is at 2:00 and perhaps over part of the iris. I wonder if I should use natural tears or another type of eyedrop ? It's 5:30 sat. eve of labor day weekend .... what to do. I have a long night ahead cleaning a house in preparation for a realtor's visit sunday.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 7 years ago.
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Where did the leaf actually come in contact with your eye? The eyelid or eyeball?
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Expert:  Dr. James replied 7 years ago.
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From your question, it appears you scratched the surface of your eyeball. Fortunately, scratches on the surface of the eyeball heal very well. Depending on the size of the scratch, usually within 24 hours and sometimes a few hours.

With plant material, there is always concern for infection. With these types of injuries, it is recommended you use antibiotic drops to prevent infection. If you are unable to get to a doctor, then you can use any of the many available artificial tears available over the counter.

If you develop discharge, light sensitivity, or decreased vision, you should see a doctor promptly to check for an infection.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
thankyou ! much appreciated.
Expert:  Dr. James replied 7 years ago.
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