Emergency Preparedness for Eye Injuries

Emergency Preparedness for Eye Injuries

 

Accidents can happen any time and based on the body part injured, the first aid, management and treatment varies.

 
Managing injuries to delicate organs such as the eyes is not easy and one needs to be prepared should an injury ever occur.

 

Eye Injuries occur due to physical damage or injury, foreign bodies lodged in the eyes, chemical injuries, etc.
A few basic tips to handle eye injuries are as follows.

 

Foreign Body in the Eye:

 

  • Do not rub your eyes
  • Wash your hands with soap and water as a precaution to avoid further contamination of your eyes
  • Flush the eye with tears – Gently hold your upper eyelid with thumb and index finger and pull it down onto lower eyelid and hold for 2 minutes. This will cause the tears to be form and helps in flushing out the foreign body
  • If the object is seen, then try to pull it out with wet clean cloth, pull the object away from the eye
  • If the object is visible and do not find clean cloth, then open the eye by separating both the lids and pour water from inner corner of the eye, outwards

 

Chemicals Injuries to the Eye:

 

  • Remove contact lenses immediately
  • Flush your eyes immediately with cool water and continue for about 15 minutes

 

Blow to the Eye:

 

  • Do not rub the eyes
  • Apply cold compresses to the eye

 

These are the immediate first aid measures that need to be followed when an eye injury is suspected. It is however recommended to Consult a Doctor at the earliest.

 

Consult doctor immediately if you find any of the following symptoms:

 

  • Severe pain
  • Decreased vision
  • Unexplained blindness
  • Foreign body in the eye
  • Impacted foreign body
  • Cuts in the eye
  • Visible blood clot in the eye

 

Be well prepared. Protect your eyes.

 

 

 

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