How to Treat Bee Stings and Bug Bites That Happen Near The Eye

Another summer and fall have come and gone, but it seems as though the insects that live around us are always here to stay. Sure, you might see less of them during the winter, but the presence of all kinds of bugs will always be a constant source of worry for most of us.

Being stung by a bee, spider, wasp, fly, or any other pesky insect is never a fun experience. While most bites and stings are not overly dangerous in terms of side effects, (while the more dangerous bites are another topic entirely), they can be annoying and uncomfortable.

But worse yet is being stung on or near the eye. The pain and discomfort this can bring can not be understated, let alone the side effects that one can experience, like blurry or double vision, swelling and so on.

So what should you do if a random bee or wasp decides to sting you in the eye? Let’s take a look:

Minor Injuries

At its most basic level, some eye-related insect encounters aren’t all that serious. For instance, I’m sure most of us have experienced a gnat or other small, non-threatening insect fly into our eyes before. It’s uncomfortable and annoying to deal with, but not overly serious.

In this case, flushing your eye with a simple saline solution will do the trick. Just be careful not to flush your eye with any non-sterile liquid, as infection can occur.

More so, some bites by smaller insects on the cheek or near the eye can also be non-threatening. If you are bitten or stung by a smaller insect the most important thing to watch for is swelling. In the event of most bites, it is prudent to apply a cold compress to ease the pain and treat inflammation.

While most bites will become irritated and swell to a certain degree, your main concern is excessive or abnormal swelling. This may be an indication of a more serious injury.

Serious Injuries

If you are stung near or on the eye by a bee, wasp, hornet, or other similar creature, you should be prepared for an emergency. These stings are more serious because of the nature of a bee’s stinger.

Stingers detach from a bee upon impact, and can lodge itself in your skin. A stinger that is left inside the skin near your eye can cause additional damage to the skin, as well as release poisons that can damage the structural integrity of your eye.

The best way to combat this is to seek out your optometrist before the swelling starts so that they can safely remove the stinger from the point of impact. Additionally, you should also apply ice to the wound while you are on your way to the eye doctor to combat the swelling as much as possible.

As you might imagine, stingers can do a lot more damage if they are lodged directly into your eye. If you are stung directly in your eye, get to the emergency room as soon as possible, as waiting too long with such damage to your eye can have lasting effects on your eyesight.

Of course, if you have any other questions or concerns about what to do in the event of a bite or sting near the eye, feel free to call or visit us today!

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