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Did You Scratch Your Eye?

Is A Scratched Eye Dangerous? Do You Need To Go To An Optometrist With A Scratched Eye?

If you think that you have scratched your eye for any reason, there are a few things that you should know. First of all, you should never rub your eye. Rubbing your eye in a case like this can do more harm and possibly cause permanent damage.

Our optometrist has extensive training and experience with scratches to the eye and will perform a comprehensive emergency eye exam to assess the damage and prevent further complications while reducing the time needed for healing the scratch. Dr. Bajwa is residency trained and the president of the California Optometric Association and patients visit us from the surrounding cities of Camarillo, Oxnard, and Ojai, for all types of eye emergencies and medical eye care.

If a child is the one that scratched their eye, take steps to ensure that they do not rub it. If it’s an infant that scratches their eye, we recommend swaddling them until they can be seen by an optometrist. Here are a few do’s and don’ts regarding a scratch on the eye.


  • Use saline or clean water to rinse out your eye. If an eye cup is not available use a small clean glass, resting the rim of the glass on the bone at the bottom of your eye socket. This process can potentially flush out any foreign objects that are left in your eye.
  • Blink a lot because the act of blinking will remove any small particles of dust and sand from your eye.
  • Use your lower eyelashes to brush away any foreign objects that are underneath your upper eyelid. Do this by pulling your upper eyelid up and placing it over the bottom eyelid.
  • If you noticed that you have light sensitivity in that eye, wear sunglasses. This can help reduce the irritation.


  • You may be very tempted to rub your eye, but this can exacerbate the issue and make the scratch worse.
  • Never touch yours or your child's eye with anything. This includes fingers, Q-tips, tweezers or any other object that you might use to remove something from the eye.
  • Always remove your contact lenses, contact lenses will impede the healing process and may lead to complications.
  • Don't push off an eye exam, a scratch to the eye will generally heal on its own, however, it is important to reduce the risk of infection and complications to schedule an emergency eye exam with our optometrist as soon as possible.

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