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Little babies love to explore their face with their hands. Unfortunately, the combination of sharp nails and curious fingers is a set up for a scratched eye.
Your doctor will perform a fluoroscene eye exam if a scratched eye is suspected. Fluoroscene is a harmless and painless orange dye that your doctor will put in the eye. He then will shine a fluorescent light into the eyes. If there is a scratch, the dye will stick to the scratch and this will show up under the fluorescent light.
If you suspect your child has an eye scratch, don't worry! Most eye scratches are not too serious and will heal perfectly with proper treatment. It should be evaluated within 4 – 6 hours. So if it's the middle of the night, you can wait until morning. If it's day or early evening, it is probably prudent to seek medical attention that day.