An eye patch may be used when the eye has been injured. It gives protection from further injury and also keeps the eyelid closed. This helps with healing after an injury to the cornea. The cornea is the clear outer layer on the front of the eye.
There are different types of patches. One type is stiff and held on with an elastic band. The other kind is made of gauze and is taped in place. Patches should fit snugly against the eye. They should be snug enough to prevent the eye from opening.
If you are having pain, you may place a cold pack directly over the eye patch. To make a cold pack, put ice cubes in a plastic bag that seals at the top. Wrap the bag in a clean, thin towel or cloth.
You may have been told to remove the patch to put medicine in your eye. If so, be sure your eyelid is closed before you reapply the patch. Don’t place an eye patch on your eye when it's open. If you do, the patch will press against and injure the exposed cornea.
If you were given an appointment to return for patch removal and re-examination, don’t miss it. An eye patch should not be left in place for more than 48 hours, unless you are advised to do so by your healthcare provider.
Don’t drive a motor vehicle or operate machinery with the patch in place. You will have trouble judging distances using only one eye.
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