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Dr. A.S. Desai, Ophthalmologist
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My 18 month old child scratched her cornea, about 1/8inch

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My 18 month old child scratched her cornea, about 1/8inch long scratch over superior aspect of pupil/iris junction. Washed out the eye, and used one drop of a common eye relief liquid. She acts fine, no redness, no indication of pain, easily recognizes common objects looking thru that eye only, does not appear to be sensitive to light. We are in 'bush' Alaska, should we seek out professional care requiring flights to a larger city? Or use antibiotic eye drops from a local hospital? Or just let it heal on its own?
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Dr. A.S. Desai :

The fact that your daughter is not showing signs of pain or redness or any visual problem, shows that the nature of injury is very likely to be very subtle. Superficial corneal abrasions heal very beautifully within 24 hours just with patching of the eye wih lubricating eye drops or ointment.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

You can apply lacrilube eye ointment and patch the eye for 24 hours.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Following that lubricating eye drops such as refresh tears eye drops, 1 drop 4 times a day can be used for a week.

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Ok.. Thank you

Dr. A.S. Desai :

You can consider consulting an ophthalmologist in case she develops pain or redness in the eye. Oherwise she should be absolutely fine with lubrcating drops/ointment and patching.

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