Chemical burns to the eye can cause keratitis. Keratitis is a swelling of the cornea. The cornea is the outer, clear layer that covers the coloured part of the eye and pupil. If your child gets chemicals in his or her eyes, it may take as long as 24 hours to know if there is damage. Your child's eyes may have been flushed with water to reduce the chance of serious damage.
Your doctor may have put a few drops of medicine into your child's eye to help reduce swelling and to prevent infection and scarring. The doctor may also have given your child an eye patch or a special type of contact lens to wear while the eye heals.
The doctor probably used medicine to numb your child's eye. When the medicine wears off in 30 to 60 minutes, the eye pain may come back. The doctor may have you give pain medicine to your child.
Your child may need a follow-up visit with an eye doctor for another examination or more treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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