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Article 1 (Apr 2018): What to do in an eye emergency

April 26, 2018

Specks in the Eye

  • Don't rub the affected eye.
  • Flush the eye with lots of water.
  • See a doctor if the speck doesn't wash out.

Cuts, Punctures, and Foreign Objects in the Eye

  • Don't try to remove a foreign object stuck in the eye.
  • Seek immediate medical attention.

Chemical Burns

  • Immediately flush the eye with water or drinkable liquid. Open the eye as wide as possible. Continue flushing for at least 15 minutes, even on your way to seeking medical care.
  • If a contact lens is in the eye, begin flushing over the lens immediately. Flushing may dislodge the lens.
  • Seek immediate medical attention.

Blows to the Eye

  • Apply a cold compress without pressure, or tape crushed ice in a plastic bag to the forehead and allow it to rest gently on the injured eye.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if pain continues, if you have reduced vision, or if blood or discoloration appears in the eye.
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