Ouch: 3 Steps To Take If Your Child's Been Poked In The Eye


When you have kids, poked eyes are a common occurrence. This is especially true if your kids are active in sports or like to roughhouse with friends. Most eye pokes don't cause serious injury to the eye. However, some pokes can lead to severe injuries to the eye. If your child has been poked in the eye, here are four simple steps you should follow.

Have Them Rest

As soon as your child comes to you with a poked eye, you should have them sit down and rest for a moment. This will give you the opportunity to inspect their eye for damage. In most cases, your child will feel better in a matter of minutes. However, if your child is complaining of pain, or is having trouble focusing, your child may have suffered a more serious eye injury. If the pain doesn't go away after several minutes, or you notice redness or swelling, contact your optometrist as soon as possible.

Avoid Eye Rubbing

If your child has had their eye poked, you need to have them avoid rubbing the affected eye. There are a couple of reasons for this. One, rubbing can cause further irritation to the eye. Two, if there is debris in the eye, or your child has an open wound on surface of the eye, rubbing can cause additional damage.

Watch For Additional Vision Problems

If your child has suffered an eye poke, they may experience some blurriness until the eye completely heals. However, if your child is also experiencing pain, or the blurriness continues for more than just a few days, this may be a sign of a more severe injury. This is particularly true if the poke was caused by a sharp object, such as a fingernail. Sharp objects can cause several different types of eye injuries. Some common eye injuries include

  • Bleeding in the eyeball
  • Scratches to the cornea
  • Retinal detachment

If your child begins complaining that their eye feels like sandpaper when they blink, or you see blood in the eyeball itself, you should contact your optometrist as soon as possible.

Kids are going to play rough. Unfortunately, roughhousing and sports can lead to eye injuries. If your child has had their eye poked during play, use the tips provided here to prevent further damage. If your child is having a difficult time seeing, or they're experiencing increased pain in their eyes, be sure to contact your eye doctor as soon as possible.


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