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Child poked eye with umbrella, has patch, painful. Should she see a doctor?

My 5 year old granddaughter poked her eye with the tines of an umbrella. Her mom took her to urgent care and then to an optometrist. She has a pretty good corneal scratch , no abruption and he put a rather large patch on her eye. Should she see an opthamologist? does she need antibiotic drops? My poor baby! She hurting!
Asked On : Sat, 18 Aug 2012
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It seems from the history that your grand daughter had injury to the eye leading to corneal scratch.
Corneal scratch indicates corneal epithelial defect. Corneal epitehlial defect is very painful condition and it may get sometimes get infected, hence it requires appropriate treatment. The treatment is by antibiotic eye drops or eye ointment along with lubricating gels.
Eye patch is helpful to reduce pain, but patch should be used in cases where the corneal epithelial defect is infected. This would be determined by a ophthalmologist, hence please do consult eye doctor .
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