My son is 12 years old. Today in school another student threw a gift card (credit card size) which got stuck in his eye. He immediately experienced some internal eye bleeding and diplopia. He saw the urgent care MD who put dye in his eye and diagnosed a corneal abrasion and prescribed Erythromycin ointment four times daily. Should he consult an Ophthalmologist as well and what other treatment may be needed?
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I am very sorry to hear that your son is injured. But, rest assured that such things are quite common and corneal abrasions usually heal in about five to seven days without any further harm. I suggest that you continue with the Erythromycin ointment and make sure that your son does not go out in sunny, windy or dusty environments. If necessary dark goggles can be worn temporarily for extra protection. I recommend that you see an Ophthalmologist in case of the following:
1. If there are pain and watering that does not improve with the Erythromycin Ointment.
2. If the redness is not reducing.
3. If there is a drop in vision. I hope this helps you.
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