Fishhook injuries to the eye are rare. When they occur, they can
cause a serious injury, including blindness. Prompt emergency room or
ophthalmology care is needed to remove the fishhook, prevent complications, and
minimize damage from the fishhook.
Do the following, and then seek emergency care:
Do not try to remove a
fishhook from an eye, eyelid, or near an eye.
Do not put pressure
on the eye.
Cover the eye and fishhook with a metal patch, a cup,
or even a paper cup.
Covering the eye prevents the hook
Be very careful not to
put pressure on the hook or the eye.
If possible, cover the uninjured eye. The injured
eye will move less if the uninjured eye is covered. This may prevent further
damage to the injured eye.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine