How to Apply an Eye Patch

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It's important to apply an eye patch over an eye to keep it protected, especially after an eye injury. Apply an eye patch the proper way with help from an eye and facial plastic surgeon in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Matheson Harris, an Ocuplastic Surgeon and Ophthalmologist in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes, after an eye injury or after an eye surgery, it's important to apply an eye patch over an eye to keep it protected. There's a proper way to apply an eye patch to avoid damaging the eye and it help it to perform its best function. You need a couple of supplies in order to perform a good eye patch placement. Those include some eye pads, sterile pads and some tape. I prefer papered tape as it comes of the skin easier and is less likely to be allergenic to a patient. Let me demonstrate how we do this. firs, I'll remove the two sterile eye pads from their package. I use more than one eye pad because with only a single eye pad, the pressure under the eye is not sufficient to keep the eyelid closed. So, you need a, apply a little bit of pressure to to the eyelid. Next, I have the patient close her eyes, I apply one eye pad down over the eye and the second one just over the eye brow to avoid the tape resting on the eyebrow and being pulled out when the tape is removed. I then apply tape in a diagonal fashion across the eyebrow and down across the cheek. If you can avoid the corner of the mouth, this will make it much easier for the patient to chew. I then apply several other pieces of tape in the shape of a, whips or football; each time applying some pressure to the patch and then pressing the tape in place. We apply several pieces of tape until we have an adequate patch. Don't be afraid to apply too much tape and keep the patch in place. If the skin is especially oily or the patch needs to stay in place for several days, it's important to apply a topical adhesive such as Mastisol or Benzoin to the skin first. If you don't have this, milk of magnesia also works well, which is placed on the skin and let dry. If you have any other questions about placing an eye patch or other eye health through other questions, see an ophthalmologist in your area.

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