Eye Injury: First Aid for Minor Cuts
Here are steps to take to clean a minor cut near the eye.
- Stop the bleeding
- Wear medical gloves, or if gloves are not available, use a clean cloth or plastic bag or cleanest material available.
- Apply light pressure to a very minor skin cut near the eye to stop the bleeding.
Do not apply any pressure to the eyeball.
- Clean the cut.
- Wash your hands and wear gloves if they are available.
- Wash the cut under running tap water and use a washcloth to remove all the dirt, debris, and bacteria from the wound.
- Bandage the cut.
- 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.
- Decide if more care is needed.
- If the cut is more than very minor or if you are concerned, have the cut evaluated by a health professional.
- A small cut on the inner eyelid may damage tear ducts and should be evaluated.
Current as of:
November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: November 9, 2022
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine