Helpful guidelines

When should you not use fluorescein?

When should you not use fluorescein?

Do not use fluorescein ophthalmic strips or ophthalmic solution while the patient is wearing soft contact lenses as staining may occur. Following ophthalmic application flush the eye(s) with sterile normal saline solution and wait at least one hour before replacing contact lenses.

What does fluorescein stain in the eye?

This is a test that uses orange dye (fluorescein) and a blue light to detect foreign bodies in the eye. This test can also detect damage to the cornea. The cornea is the outer surface of the eye.

How do doctors test for corneal abrasion?

When you see an eye doctor for a corneal abrasion, he or she will perform a slit lamp examination using fluorescein dye – a special drop used to identify abrasions. The doctor will also carefully examine the eye for any hidden foreign bodies and evaluate for infections.

What antibiotics are used for corneal abrasion?

Topical Ophthalmologic Medications for Corneal Abrasion

Medication Dosage
Topical antibiotics†
Erythromycin 0.5% ointment 0.5-inch ribbon, four times per day for three to five days
Polymyxin B/trimethoprim (Polytrim) solution 1 drop, four times per day for three to five days

How long do the side effects of fluorescein last?

The most common reaction is temporary yellowish discoloration of the skin and urine. Urine may attain a bright yellow color. Discoloration of the skin usually fades in 6 to 12 hours and usually fades in urine in 24 to 36 hours.

How do you know if your corneal abrasion is infected?

Symptoms of infection or ulcers of the cornea include:

  1. Blurry or hazy vision.
  2. Eye that appears red or bloodshot.
  3. Itching and discharge.
  4. Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  5. Very painful and watery eyes.
  6. White patch on the cornea.

How do you tell if your cornea is infected?

Symptoms of a corneal infection can include:

  1. Redness.
  2. Pain.
  3. Swelling.
  4. An itchy/burning feeling in your eye.
  5. Painful sensitivity to light.
  6. Tearing.
  7. Decreased vision.
  8. Eye discharge.