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Eye pad, non-sterile, each

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Name of the Procedure:

Common name: Eye pad application
Technical term: Application of a non-sterile eye pad


An eye pad application is a simple and common procedure where a protective pad is placed over the eye. This non-sterile pad helps to keep the eye clean and protected from external irritants.


The eye pad procedure is primarily used to:

  • Protect an injured or sensitive eye from dirt and further harm
  • Provide a cushioned buffer to reduce discomfort
  • Prevent light exposure in cases of photophobia or post-operative sensitivity


This procedure is indicated for patients experiencing:

  • Minor eye injuries
  • Post-surgical recovery from eye procedures
  • Conditions like conjunctivitis where protection is necessary


Patients should:

  • Follow any specific instructions from their healthcare provider
  • Remove contact lenses if applicable
  • May need a brief assessment by a healthcare professional to ensure the pad is appropriate for their condition

Procedure Description

  1. The healthcare professional will first wash their hands.
  2. They will assess the patient's eye to determine the need for an eye pad.
  3. The non-sterile eye pad is unwrapped.
  4. The pad is gently placed over the closed eye.
  5. Tape or a bandage is applied to secure the pad in place.

Tools/Equipment: Non-sterile eye pad, medical tape or bandage.
Anesthesia: Not required for this procedure.


The application of an eye pad typically takes about 5 minutes.


This procedure can be performed in various settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Primary care offices
  • At home with proper guidance from a healthcare provider


  • Nurses
  • Primary care physicians
  • Ophthalmologists or optometrists
  • Medical assistants

Risks and Complications

  • Rare allergic reactions to the materials used in the eye pad
  • Potential for inadequate application leading to dislodgement
  • Rare cases of skin irritation due to adhesive tape


  • Immediate protection for the eye
  • Reduction of discomfort
  • Prevention of further injury or infection
  • Benefits are typically realized immediately after application


  • Keep the eye pad in place as directed (usually for several hours to a day)
  • Follow any specific care instructions given by the healthcare provider
  • Return for follow-up if symptoms persist or worsen


  • Sterile eye pads: For cases requiring a sterile environment.
  • Eye shields: For better protection in post-operative scenarios.
  • Eye patches: For patients needing to cover the eye without significant pressure.

Alternatives may vary in cost, comfort, and level of protection.

Patient Experience

  • Patients might feel slight pressure but generally do not experience significant discomfort.
  • Pain, if present from the initial injury or condition, should lessen.
  • Comfort measures such as ensuring the pad is not too tight can help improve the patient experience.

Note: Always follow the specific guidance provided by your healthcare professional regarding eye pad application and care.

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