As hard as you try to avoid injury to your delicate eyes, eye emergencies can still happen. Because you can’t prevent every accident, it’s important to know how to handle them. By responding quickly with the appropriate first aid and contacting an eye clinic near you for urgent eye care, you can reduce the risk of permanent damage to your vision.
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If you get chemicals in your eyes
If you wear contact lenses, remove them immediately! Keeping contacts in your eyes can hold the offensive chemical against your cornea, potentially leading to permanent damage and pain.
If chemicals splash into your eye, hold your eyelid open with clean fingers and flush your eye immediately with cool water. Continue to do this for about 15 minutes. Then, call an eye clinic for assistance with eye emergencies. If you are advised to go to the nearest emergency room, take the container of the chemical with you so you can show the doctors exactly what your eye was exposed to.
When something is stuck in your eye
If an object gets lodged in your eye or under your eyelid – do not rub your eye! Rubbing your eye can cause much more damage. If the object isn’t embedded in your eye, you can attempt to remove it by following these steps:
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water
- Flush your eye with water
- Gently pull your upper eyelid down over the top of your lower eyelid. This can help your eye to tear, flushing the object out.
- If you can see the object, try to remove it gently by wiping it with a clean, wet washcloth.
If you aren’t able to extract the object easily, don’t persist. Instead, contact your eye doctor or go to a local eye clinic for medical assistance.
If you get a cut in or near your eye
Don’t rub your eye or the surrounding area if you get any type of cut or scratch. Just bandage the eye gently, and don’t attempt to remove any particles that may be stuck. It’s best to leave that to a professional eye care specialist! Contact a nearby eye clinic for assistance, and in the meantime, avoid taking aspirin or any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen, because they can increase bleeding.
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