First Aid Tips for Common Eye Injuries

First Aid Tips for Common Eye Injuries

Woman covering her eyes after an accidentWearing task-appropriate safety gear or eyewear can significantly reduce the chance of injuring an eye. But if an accident happens, knowing what to do can mean the difference between temporary or permanent damage.

Here are tips on how to treat common eye injuries.

1. Chemical splash

  • Act with urgency.
  • Don’t allow the patient to rub the eye.
  • Hold the eye open.
  • Flush the eye with lots of running water.
  • Get medical assistance while washing out the eye, or after 15-20 minutes of non-stop flushing.
  • Don’t bandage the eye.

2. Blow to the eye

  • Apply a cold press without putting pressure on the eye.
  • Manage the pain with over-the-counter painkillers.
  • Seek medical help ASAP if the patient reports change in vision or pain when the eye moves or you notice bruising or bleeding.

3. Foreign particle in the eye

  • Don’t let the patient rub the eye.
  • Pull the upper lid down and urge the patient to blink repeatedly.
  • Rinse the dust or particle with eyewash or flush with clean water.
  • If the particle remains, tell the patient to close the eye.
  • Bandage the eye lightly and seek medical assistance.

4. Cuts to the eye

  • Don’t touch cuts and lacerations to the eye.
  • Don’t put medicine in the eye.
  • Don’t flush the eye with water.
  • Don’t let the patient rub the eye.
  • Gently place a bandage over the injured eye.
  • Seek medical help right away.

5. Embedded object

  • Seek medical aid immediately.
  • Don’t let the patient rub the eye.
  • Don’t wash or flush the injured eye.
  • Don’t try to remove the protruding or embedded object.
  • Cover the injured eye with one or more sterile eye pads or shield securely with tape.

Most eye injuries can be avoided if people control eye injury hazards and wear polycarbonate safety eyewear. Learning how to treat common eye injuries can help reduce the risk of a mishap leading to vision loss or blindness.