Eye injuries happen all of the time. These can occur in the workplace, at your home, or really anywhere you are. The most common types of eye injuries are chemical burns and abrasions of the eyelids or cornea. These can be extremely dangerous if not taken care of properly and could lead to vision loss. It is important to know how to care for an eye injury while you are waiting to get to an eye care professional. At Boston Vision, we want to make sure that our patients are prepared for any injuries and know how to care for them.
Chemical burns are very common eye injuries. These can be alkaline materials, solvents, acids, or detergents that get into the eyes. If this occurs, the eyes should be flushed well with water. If your eyes are exposed to any of these agents, find a sterile solution or go to a sink or shower and start to flush out your eyes with cold water. Make sure to get under the upper and lower eyelids.
Abrasions or scratches on the eyelids or cornea can be very painful. If the abrasion is dirty it is important to gently cleanse it with cold, clean water. Then tape a Styrofoam or paper cup over the injured eye until it can be properly cared for.
In the case of any more severe injury to the eyes, seek emergency medical care.