First Aid for a Fish Hook Stuck in an Eye

Topic Overview

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 from moving.
    • 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.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

Current as ofNovember 20, 2017

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