Eye injuries

After we have rinsed your eye, the treatment will continue at home using eye drops or ointment.

About your visit

You have injured your eye. We have rinsed your eye and anaesthetised it, if necessary. You have been instructed with regard to continued treatment at home using eye drops or ointment.

When you get home

Remove your contact lenses

Avoid using contact lenses while you are being treated with eye drops or ointment. We recommend that you do not use contact lenses until the discomfort in your eye has ceased.

Treatment using eye drops

Follow the instructions on the packaging regarding how often to apply the eye drops and for how long. Directions for using eye drops:

  • pull your lower eyelid down
  • tilt your head back
  • let one eye drop fall into the middle of your eye
  • release your lower lid and blink to distribute the liquid.

Some types of eye drops may run through your nose and result in a yellow colour when blowing your nose. You may also experience a medicine flavour in your mouth when treating your eyes. Both are harmless.

Treatment using ointment

Follow the instructions on the packaging regarding how often to apply the ointment and for how long. Directions for using ointment:

  • pull your lower eyelid down
  • squeeze a tiny amount of ointment, approximately half a centimetre between your eye and eye lid
  • release your lower lid and blink to distribute the ointment.

The ointment may run through your nose and result in a medicine flavour in your mouth. This is harmless.

Contact your general practitioner or ophthalmologist if your eye becomes irritated

Call your general practitioner, ophthalmologist or dial 1813 to reach the medical helpline outside your general practitioner’s opening hours if you experience the following symptoms:

  • deteriorating eye sight
  • your eye becomes more red
  • increasing pain or stinging sensation.

Take pain-relieving medicine if you are in pain

You should take pain-relieving medicine if you are in pain. You have been given an electronic prescription for pain-relieving medicine that you can pick up at the pharmacy. Take only the amount of pain reliever recommended on the package. Contact your general practitioner if you need help managing the pain.  

Avoid eye infections

An eye infection can easily transfer from one eye to the other. You can reduce the risk by:

  • storing eye drops or ointment in the fridge
  • washing your hands both before and after using eye drops or ointment
  • avoiding letting the tip of the bottle or tube touch your eye or eye lid
  • using a tissue to rub your eye if it begins to water.

We recommend you discard the eye drops or ointment when your treatment is complete.

Wear your eye patch

If your eye has been anaesthetised, keep the eye patch on for four hours to protect your eye. This is because you will not be able to feel if something gets in your eye while it is anaesthetised. Moreover, we recommend that you use the eye patch for as long as it relieves any pain.

Avoid driving

Do not drive while using an eye patch, as your vision is impaired and you will have trouble judging distances.

Remove the plaster or bandage

If you are wearing a plaster, you may remove it after 24 hours. If the plaster or bandage gets wet due to liquid from your eye, change it immediately.

Rinse you eye using saline solution

We recommend rinsing your eye with saline solution three times a day for ten minutes. Dampen a piece of cotton or gauze with saline solution and carefully wipe your eye. Boiled tap water may be used in an emergency.

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