First Aid For Eye Injuries

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Knowing the steps for first aid for eye injuries could save you tie, worry, and potentially someone’s eye sight.

For starters, you need to always be prepared. Wear eye protection for any and all hazardous activities, like sports, or jobs at home or work that could cause an eye injury.

Always have a first aid kit handy before starting an activity that could lead to eye injury. This first aid kit should contain a rigid eye shield (which could be the bottom half of a paper cup to put over the eye in the case on an injury) and a commercial eyewash.

And never, EVER just assume that any eye injury is harmless. If there is any doubt you should always seek medical attention.

How do you treat different types of eye injuries?

Specks In The Eye

Do not rub the eye.

Use a commercial eye wash or let natural tears try to wash the specks out.

Do not ever under any circumstances use tweezers, or anything else to try to remove the specks.

If the speck doesn’t wash out on its own seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Cuts or punctures to the eye or the eyelid

Do not wash the eye out with water or any other liquid.

Never try to remove an object that is stuck in the eye.

Cover the eye with a rigid shield, and seek medical attention immediately.

Blows To The Eye

As soon as possible, apply a cold compress.

In the case of any pain, blurred vision, blood in the eye, or discoloration seek medical attention as these could be signs of internal damage to the eye.

 

Chemical Burns

Immediately flush the eye with water. Keep the eye open as wide as you can and flush for at least 15 minutes.

Do not put any form of bandage over the eye.

Seek emergency care immediately after flushing the eye.

 

As with any other medical problem, if there is any doubt always seek medical attention. When it comes to your vision,, it is always better to be safe.

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