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Eye Injury: First Aid for Minor Cuts

Topic Overview

  • 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. They 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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Current as of: July 1, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

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