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Chemical burns to your eye can cause keratitis. Keratitis is a swelling of the cornea. The cornea is the outer, clear layer that covers the coloured part of your eye and pupil. If you get chemicals in your eyes, it may take as long as 24 hours to know if there is damage. Your 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 eye to help reduce swelling and to prevent infection and scarring. Your doctor may also have given you an eye patch or a special type of contact lens to wear while your eye heals.
The doctor probably used medicine to numb your eye. When it wears off in 30 to 60 minutes, your eye pain may come back. Your doctor may give you medicine to help relieve the pain.
You may need to follow up with an eye doctor for another examination or more treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 9, 2022
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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