First Aid for Eyes
To lessen the risk of permanent damage caused by eye injuries, it is important to treat eye injuries immediately. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Bandage the eye gently.
- Do not rub the eye, do not rinse the eye, or apply any pressure.
- Do not try to remove any particles.
- Avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or other nonsteroid anti-inflammatories, as they may increase bleeding.
- Pull the upper lid down onto lower lid and let lower eyelashes sweep away the particle by blinking repeatedly.
- Let tears wash out the speck or particle.
- Close your eye and seek medical attention immediately if the above procedure does not work.
- Do not rub the eye.
- Use fingers to separates lids, then flush the eye with water from a faucet or clean container.
- Seek medical attention immediately.
- Cover the eye.
- Gently apply small cold compresses without pressure immediately to reduce pain and swelling.
- Contact your ophthalmologist, primary health care provider, or emergency room immediately.
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