Eye Injury: First Aid for Minor Cuts

Eye Injury: First Aid for Minor Cuts

Topic Overview

  • Apply a clean bandage or cloth. Use a sterile bandage if you have one. If you don't have one, use a clean bandage or cloth. Don't use fluffy cotton bandages around the eye that could come apart and stick to the eye.
  • Apply light pressure to a very minor skin cut near the eye to stop the bleeding. Do not apply any pressure to the eyeball. See how to clean a cut .
  • If the cut is more than very minor or if you are concerned, have the cut evaluated by a health professional.

Note: A small cut on the inner eyelid may damage tear ducts and should be evaluated.

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Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last RevisedNovember 2, 2011

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