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I cut the cornea of my left eye Friday; a holly leaf got behind

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I cut the cornea of my left eye Friday; a holly leaf got behind my glasses and cut my eye. I did not having any bleeing only some tearing, swelling of the eye and pain. Went to the
Dr. Sunday and she said the cut was 2cm long which she said was long to be on the eye. She prescriped some drops (for bacteria) and told me to followup with a visit to the eye Dr. Could this endanger my vision and how long should it take to heal? Do I need to see an Ophthalmologist?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.
Generally, scratches on the eyes heal well. 2 cm is a particularly long scratch; however, despite this large size most people's scratches still usually heal well and don't ultimately affect their vision.

With this large of a scratch, it may take 4 to 5 days before your symptoms are mostly resolved. I would say that if you're not seeing noticeable improvements within 2 to 3 days then I would recommend seeing your ophthalmologist.  In the meantime, lubricating eye ointment can be bought OTC and used to help ease your symptoms. 

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I need to know how long I need to keep using the anti=bacterial eye drops and when can I take the patch off?
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.
I actually would not use the patch more than 24 hrs at a time as patching it for longer can increase the risk of infection. I would say that you should use the antibiotic drops until your eye is no longer red.