What Does It Feel Like When You Scratch Your Eye?

Symptoms of a scratched eye

In addition to pain and a gritty sensation, other signs and symptoms of a corneal abrasion include: Redness.

Watery eyes.

Sensitivity to light.

How do you know if you scratched your eye?

In addition to pain and a gritty or foreign body sensation, other signs and symptoms of corneal abrasions include redness, tearing, light sensitivity, headache, blurry or decreased vision, eye twitching, a dull ache and, occasionally, nausea.

Can a scratched eye heal on its own?

A minor scratch should heal on its own in 1 to 3 days. More severe abrasions may take longer. While your eye heals: Don’t wear contacts until your eye doctor says it’s safe to do so.

Is a scratched eye an emergency?

Scratched Eye (Corneal Abrasion)

Corneal abrasions are very uncomfortable and cause eye redness and severe sensitivity to light. If you know something has scratched your eye, it’s very important to see your eye doctor or an emergency room/urgent care center to seek treatment for your eye injury.

Can you damage your eye by rubbing it?

Rubbing is most dangerous to people with certain pre-existing eye conditions. Similarly, those with glaucoma may find that the spike in eye pressure caused by rubbing the eyes can disrupt blood flow to the back of the eye and lead to nerve damage, and, ultimately, permanent loss of vision.

How do you flush out your eye?

Immediately flush the eye with water by holding your head under the faucet or by pouring water into your eye from a clean container. Keep your eye open while flushing with water. Continue flushing out your eye for 15 to 30 minutes.

How do you soothe an irritated eye?

Consider the following remedies:

  • Wash your face. Washing your face is one of the first things you should do to combat itchy, swollen eyes, says Ogbogu.
  • Rinse out the eyes.
  • Apply a cold compress.
  • Try allergy eye drops.
  • Take oral medications or get allergy shots.
  • Stay indoors.

How do you tell if your eye is scratched or something is in it?


  1. Feeling like there is a foreign object in the eye.
  2. Redness.
  3. Blurry vision.
  4. Pain.
  5. Tearing.
  6. Vision loss.
  7. Light sensitivity.
  8. Headache.

What home remedy can I use for a scratched eye?

How to Treat a Scratched Eye

  • DO rinse your eye with saline solution or clean water.
  • DO blink.
  • DO pull your upper eyelid over your lower eyelid.
  • DO wear sunglasses.
  • DON’T rub your eye.
  • DON’T touch your eye with anything.
  • DON’T wear your contact lenses.
  • DON’T use redness-relieving eye drops.

What is the fastest way to heal a scratched eye?

Superficial corneal abrasions tend to heal quickly — usually within two or three days. Some corneal abrasions may require an antibiotic ointment that stays on the eye longer, a steroid to decrease inflammation, and something to relieve pain and light sensitivity.