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 fish hook, prevent complications, and
minimize damage from the fish hook.
Do the following, and then seek emergency care:
Do not try to remove a
fish hook from an eye, eyelid, or near an eye.
Do not put pressure
on the eye.
Cover the eye and fish hook 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.