First Aid Tips For Eye Injuries: Blows, Cuts, Foreign Objects, And Chemical Burns

Eyes are a sensitive organ and need proper care to remain healthy and work well. And when your eye is injured, it’s extremely important to take the right steps to prevent permanent eye damage and preserve good eyesight. There are several types of eye injuries, and all of them require different treatment.

Chemical exposure

- don’t rub your eyes;

- try to stay calm and don’t close your eyes before you can rinse them;

- rinse the affected eye (eyes) with a large amount of water; continue rinsing for 15–20 minutes;

- keep your eyes open when rinsing;

- get urgent medical care.

Foreign object

- if the foreign object is not sharp and is not lodged in the eye or eyelid, it can be removed by flushing;

- if you can’t remove the foreign particle on your own and have any unpleasant sensations or pain in the eye or vision changes, see your doctor;

- if the foreign object is lodged in your eye, don’t try to remove it on your own; cover the eye with an eye shield or gauze and get medical help.

Blow to the eye

- put a cold compress over the eye, but don’t apply pressure;

- call your doctor – he or she will examine the eye for any damage;

- if the blow was forceful and there’s a possibility that it resulted in skull fracture, you need to go to the ER.

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Seek medical attention right away if you experience the following symptoms:

- drainage from the affected eye;

- changes in vision;

- constant pain;

- bleeding.

Cuts or puncture wounds on the eye or eyelid

This type of injury requires urgent medical care. And it’s important to know how not to make it worse before you get help:

- don’t rub your eye;

- don’t wash your eye or eyelid;

- if there’s an object stuck in your eye, don’t attempt to remove it;

- cover your eye with an eye shield before you get help; if there isn’t one available, you can make your own makeshift eye protection with a bottom half of a paper cup, secure it gently with tape.

Sources: HealthLine, WebMD, EMedicineHealth

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This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended to provide medical advice. Fabiosa doesn’t take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this post. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader should consult with their physician or other health care provider.

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