Health

Ask Health Experts and Get Answers to Your Health Question ASAP

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Health
This answer was rated:

What can I do if my son poked his eye?

My son accidentally poked his...

My son accidentally poked his finger in my eye last Tuesday. I saw a doc the day of the injury who prescribed Tobradex. The following day I saw another Ophthalmologist who prescribed Vigamox, Systane eye drops and Lacralube at night. I saw a surgeon yesterday who prescribed Nevanac muro 128 drops during day and ointment at night.

I had perfectly clear vision before this injury 8 days ago. Now things are blurry and still distorted. It's giving me a headache and my other eye hurts because it is trying to compensate for the left one. I'm nauseated and dizzy because of the blurred vision. Will my eye clear up with the muro and my vision be restored. Everything is so blurry. I'm so upset because everything was so clear before. Is it possible for it to still heal and how long does it usually take.

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Health Question
Answered in 9 minutes by:
5/21/2008
Dr PG M.D.
Dr PG M.D., Doctor
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 2,337
Experience: MBBS, MD, MS
Verified

Hi, I am an Ophthalmologist and would like to help.

The finger poke to your eye must ave caused an injury to the cornea (black portion) of the eye, which is commonest to get injured. The cornea usually heals by itself, but usually an antibiotic eye drop or ointment is given to speed and healing and prevent any infection.

The blurring of vision and the strain is due to-

  • The epithelium on the cornea heals the wound in the first 48 hours, but there is a mild swelling or edema, which takes sometimes 10-15 days to go away.
  • Dryness occurs in the eye due to the use of multiple eye drops - as in your case you were given antibiotic eye drops, antibiotic eye ointment and an anti-fungal eye drop.

As long as there is no pain or redness in the injured eye, you symptoms should slowly resolve. The treatment for you is to use lubricating eye drops like genteal (available OTC). Also using genteal eye get (available OTC in a tube) before going to sleep will also help. But if still after the treatment there is no improvement or there is worsening then you need to consult an Ophthalmologist because sometimes the healed epithelium on the cornea is loose and needs to scraped off.

Dr PG M.D.
Dr PG M.D., Doctor
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 2,337
Experience: MBBS, MD, MS
Verified
Dr PG M.D. and 87 other Health Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 9 years ago

I forgot to mention in the previous question that both Ophthalmologist and the surgeon stated there is fluid on the cornea at the site where the abrasion has healed. Will the muro 128 draw it out and how long do I have to wait before they can do surgery if it doesn't improve? Will I be able to regain my "normal" clear vision? How long? I'm sorry this is just so upsetting!!!

Dr. Stevens
Dr. Stevens, Doctor (MD)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 1,404
Experience: Experienced in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology
Verified

If the corneal abrasion has healed, what you are dealing with at this point is simply corneal edema which results from the endothelial cell layer not functioning properly. You see, the cornea has 5 layers, you scratched the top layer but the shock of the injury stunned the inner most layer of the cornea, called the endothelium. This layer normally pumps fluid out of the cornea, so at this point corneal edema persists due to endothelial dysfunction.

The muro is simply salt solution which helps draw fluid away. It is a band aid type of treatment, not really curative. In someone your age, almost always the endothelium will regain its function after several weeks. Sometimes, we use a little Prednosilone 1% drops to help with this, and it is safe to do so once the abrasion heals. At your next visit, consider mentioning this and see if the doc feels this will benefit you.

Dr. Stevens
Dr. Stevens, Doctor (MD)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 1,404
Experience: Experienced in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology
Verified
Dr. Stevens and 87 other Health Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 9 years ago

Hi!

Until two weeks ago I had crystal clear 20/20 vision in both my eyes. Well, I may have had a slight astigmatism, but I could see clear and far. On Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 8:30 a.m. my 3 year old son accidentally poked me in the eye as I was positioning him in his car seat. We were headed out of town for a day trip. About an hour and a half down the road I had to stop at a Wal-Mart to see the Ophthalmologist. He stated the cornea was scratched in the middle with an upward motion. Which is exactly how my son's finger did as he poked in the center and went up as he continued to raise his hand.The ophthalmologist prescribed Tobradex, and away we went on our trip. I was miserable the entire day. My eye hurt and watered. I was dizzy and nauseated. It seemed like the right eye was trying to compensate for the injured left eye. Everything was blurry.

The next morning, I went immediately to a local ophthamologist who confirmed my cornea had an abrasion. He prescribed Vigamox because he said I shouldn't use an antibiotic with a steroid. He also gave me Systane lubricating drops for the dryness durning the day. He also told me to use lacra lube at night. I was miserable for the next four days. I was still nauseated and dizzy from my eyes trying to adjust to each other. The injured left eye remained blurry (like looking through a drop of water). Everything looked shadowed and distorted.

On Monday, May 19 I returned to his office and he stated the abrasion had healed but there was fluid behind the abrasion. This explained the blurriness and the distortion I see through my left eye. He also stated we need to be on the lookout for scar tissue.

Unsatisfied with his answer, I made and appointment Monday afternoon with a local eye surgeon. Good thing I did!!! I actually saw the ophthalmologist in his office who did a series of test and stated my eye healed "like a crinkled piece of Saran Wrap" and surgery may be required to smooth it out. He also saw the remaining fluid on the cornea. I told him how nauseated and dizzy I was and how tired and strained both of my eyes were. He prescribed Muro 128 drops at night and and Systane lubricating drops during the day.

The next morning I woke up and felt like I had a migraine. My head hurt. My eyes hurt and I had lost some of my lower (looking down) peripheral vision. When I tried to stand up I was dizzy and disoriented. I called the surgeons office again and they set an appointment up with the surgeon that day. The surgeon looked in my eyes and confirmed the eye did have fluid but stated it had healed properly. He prescribed Muro 128 drops every couple of hours during the day Nevanac drops every couple of hours until the 1.5 ml bottle was gone and Muro 128 ointment at night. He also suggested a 2 hour nap during the day and atleast 8 hours of sleep at night.

It has been 14 days now since the injury. I've been following the doctors orders. My up close vision is better, but anything beyond 3 or 4 feet is still blurry. My eyes are tired and strained. I have a bad headache every day. I sometimes feel cross eyed. I still feel dizzy and nauseated at times--especially if I have to turn my head or look up real fast my eyes have a hard time adjusting and focusing.

My next appointment is on June 02, 2008 to discuss the healing, improvement (if any), and surgery if necessary. Will you all please share your personal experiences and/or opinions with me. I have a few questions. Will my "clear" vision return? If so, when? Can Lasek surgery repair or correct the damage from the injury? Should I get glasses to help me see? I just want to see normal again. The way I did before the injury. Do you all have any suggestions?

Hello again

at this point, is there still significant pain? Has anything been done to correct the wrinkles?

Ask Your Own Health Question
Ask Dr. Stevens Your Own Question
Dr. Stevens
Dr. Stevens
Dr. Stevens, Doctor (MD)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 1,404
1,404 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Experienced in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology

Dr. Stevens is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much

Corrie MollPretoria, South Africa

I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well!

ClaudiaAlbuquerque, NM

Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion.

KevinBeaverton, OR

Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
I feel better already! Thank you.

ElanorTracy, CA

Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem.

JulieLockesburg, AR

You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions.

John and StefanieTucson, AZ

I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!!

Janet VPhoenix, AZ

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Family Physician

Family Physician

Doctor (MD)

5,660 satisfied customers

Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years

Nurse Milli, RN

Nurse Milli, RN

Nurse (RN)

4,051 satisfied customers

20 years experience in many areas of Nursing. Both Hospital and Private Practice experience.

Dr. Ketch

Dr. Ketch

Doctor

102 satisfied customers

Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University

DrRussMD

DrRussMD

Doctor (MD)

5,083 satisfied customers

Practice Director

Dr. Arun Phophalia

Dr. Arun Phophalia

Doctor (MD)

19,641 satisfied customers

MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine

Dr. Chip

Dr. Chip

Doctor (MD)

13,902 satisfied customers

Over 20 yrs of Family Practice

Dr. Mark

Dr. Mark

Doctor (MD)

6,234 satisfied customers

U.S. Physician/Surgeon in Neurosurgery

< Previous | Next >

Related Health Questions
I have acid reflux for 20 years on and off. I'm always
I have acid reflux for 20 years on and off . I'm always afraid of diseases .i spoke to U about this before but now I read that acid reflux can also cause a disease call fibrosis something where a scar… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Radiation Oncology Attending Director
Post-Doctoral Degree
13,033 satisfied customers
I've been taking .5 mg Klonopin for 1 week straight and last
I've been taking .5 mg Klonopin for 1 week straight and last one taken was 2 days ago … read more
Onlinedoc
Onlinedoc
Ayurveda and General Physician
B.A.M.S
2,786 satisfied customers
Had a Hep C test. Result is .14. What does this mean? Is
Had a Hep C test. Result is .14. What does this mean? Is that positive? … read more
Dr Ted Manos
Dr Ted Manos
Self Employed
MD
741 satisfied customers
A had a heat rash a month ago and now has progressed to
Hi a had a heat rash a month ago and now has progressed to lesions on arms and legs. So itchy sometimes I feel I am under attack. Lesions will not heal. Now got athletes foot and jock itch. Please hel… read more
Vakul Aren
Vakul Aren
Consultant Physician
Post graduation (Liverpool, U.K.)
3,904 satisfied customers
Recently had a tubal a week ago yesterday. Was at e.r. last
Recently had a tubal a week ago yesterday. Was at e.r. last night. All results came back stating it was due to the surgery. My thing is is the swelling and bruising is getting worse along with the kno… read more
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Senior Registrar Critical Care Medicine
Doctoral Degree
6,804 satisfied customers
Something moving on left by my navil. No symptoms at all. No
Something moving on left by my navil JA: What are all the symptoms you're experiencing (e.g. loss of appetite, fever, rash)? Customer: No symptoms at all. JA: Anything else in your medical history you… read more
Onlinedoc
Onlinedoc
Ayurveda and General Physician
B.A.M.S
2,786 satisfied customers
Hii. I got red spots on forskin and also it's dry all the
I got red spots on forskin and also it's dry all the time and itchy. So when i pull back my forskin and it's hurts some time … read more
Richard Han
Richard Han
Pediatrician
Post-Doctoral Degree
235 satisfied customers
Been on ear drops for three days. pain is gone but ear is
been on ear drops for three days. pain is gone but ear is still swollen can't hear. how long before swelling goes away so I can hear again?… read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
19,641 satisfied customers
My physical therapist ended my treatment today because she
My physical therapist ended my treatment today because she said i gave all the same answers as I did a month ago as in moderate difficulty in doing things?my neck is really stiff from that work incide… read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
19,641 satisfied customers
IT FEELS LIKE I CONSTANTLY HAVE A AIR POCKET IN MY THROAT.
IT FEELS LIKE I CONSTANTLY HAVE A AIR POCKET IN MY THROAT. KIND OF FEELS LIKE YOU HAVE TO BURP BUT THE AIR IS STAYING IN YOUR THROAT. I HAVE HAD THIS FEELING FOR 2 DAYS NOW. VERY UNCOMFORTABLE.… read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
19,641 satisfied customers
A numbness almost tingling sensation under my left breast, I
A numbness almost tingling sensation under my left breast, I am a 26 year old male … read more
Doctor John MD
Doctor John MD
Urgent Care and Sports Medicine Doctor
Doctoral Degree
490 satisfied customers
I've been dealing with migraine the past couple days. Today,
I've been dealing with migraine the past couple days. Today, I noticed my temp is 94. Wondering why or if anything I can do to get it up? … read more
Dr Ted Manos
Dr Ted Manos
Self Employed
MD
741 satisfied customers
My daughter was given a shot of Depomedrol 80 About ten days
My daughter was given a shot of Depomedrol 80 About ten days ago for a sinus infection. She is 18 so she went in by herself while I sat outside with my younger children. I probably would have suggeste… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Doctor
880 satisfied customers
Hi, can you tell me anything about eGFR non-African American?
Hi, can you tell me anything about eGFR non-African American? It seems to be something about cancer-maybe properties to fight cancer? The old doc that I was fighting with ordered it. I'm slightly belo… read more
Susan Ivy
Susan Ivy
Health Expert, RN
Master\u0027s Degree
14 satisfied customers
I am enquiring for a 76 year old man. In 2011 he was
Hi I am enquiring for a 76 year old man . In 2011 he was diagnosed with non hodgkinsons lymphoma that he had chemo for ( rchop or a similar I believe ). He was also found to have a slow growing NET . … read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Doctor
880 satisfied customers
I have a problem - my dad drinks waaaay too much Cola, and
I have a problem - my dad drinks waaaay too much Coca Cola, and he claims it's not hurting him at all.... he's 59 years old and he buys... 8-12 2-liter bottles of it every 1-2 weeks, all of it is gone… read more
Dr. Amit
Dr. Amit
GP & Online Health Advisor & Writer
Bachelor\u0027s Degree
944 satisfied customers
I just failed a drug screen. It was for a hospital position.
Hi there. I just failed a drug screen. It was for a hospital position. Said I was positive for Methamphetamines and Methadone??!! … read more
Dr. Mo
Dr. Mo
Urgent Care
MD
1,228 satisfied customers
I went to PC with earache. He cleaned it and sent me on my
I went to PC with earache. He cleaned it and sent me on my way two days later went to urgent care and was told I had inner ear infection. Amoxicillin didn't touch it. Three days later was told ear can… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Doctor
880 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x