Accidents can happen unexpectedly, and while we can't predict or prevent them entirely, it's crucial to be prepared for emergencies, especially when it comes to our eyes – our vision. Eye emergencies vary, from injuries during activities like torn muscles to chemical burns. Knowing the right actions to take is essential.
In cases where a foreign object enters your eye, refrain from trying to remove it with your hands. Many small objects can cause serious problems. Avoid rubbing your eyes, as it can worsen the situation. Remember, serious complications can arise from eye injuries, so don't attempt self-treatment.
If you experience an eye injury, refrain from treating yourself unless facing a chemical injury, unable to flush out contact lenses, or in the absence of immediate medical attention. Stay cautious and seek professional help when needed. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THE FOLLOWING POINTS IF YOU SUFFER FROM AN EYE INJURY.
- DO NOT RUB YOUR EYES (OR APPLY PRESSURE)
- DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE OBJECTS FROM YOUR EYE ON YOUR OWN.
- DO NOT USE TWEEZERS OR ANY OTHER TOOL INSIDE OR OUTSIDE YOUR EYES. (You can use a cotton swab on the eye-lids if needs be)
- DO NOT PUT OINTMENT OR MEDICATIONS INSIDE THE EYE.
- IF YOU WEAR CONTACT LENSES DO NOT TAKE THEM IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE SUFFERED FROM AN EYE INJURY.
- GO TO YOUR EYE DOCTOR AS FAST AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE.
Chemical burns can occur from common household items like cleaning or garden chemicals, as well as industrial substances. Even aerosols or fumes can harm the eyes. Quick action is crucial if acid splashes into your eyes, as early treatment can prevent permanent blindness. Alkaline products, such as drain cleaners, can also cause lasting damage. In case of chemical burns, consider the following points:
- WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP TO REMOVE ANY CHEMICALS THAT MAY HAVE GOTTEN ONTO YOUR HANDS TOO AS YOU CAN MAKE YOUR SITUATION WORSE BY TOUCHING YOUR EYES WITH DIRTY HANDS.
- TURN YOUR HEAD TO KEEP THE INJURED EYE DOWN AND TO THE SIDE.
- HOLD EYE LID OPEN AND FLUSH OUT EYE WITH COOL TAP WATER TO REMOVE ANY CHEMICALS.
- IF YOU ARE WEARING CONTACT LENSES AND THEY ARE STILL IN YOUR EYE EVEN AFTER FLUSHING, TRY TO REMOVE THEM.
- RUSH TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM AND GET HELP AS SOON AS YOU CAN.
We understand that it is not possible to predict when an emergency will occur. An eye stroke is also a possible sudden problem which takes many people to the emergency room as it causes total blindness almost instantly and seemingly out of nowhere.
With that in mind, here are a few more things you can make sure you have done beforehand as a precaution for situations like these.
- Make sure you are aware about nearby eye hospitals or clinics, where you can go in times of emergencies.
- Make sure you keep a first aid kit handy.
- Make sure you carry a hand sanitizer or can easily access water and soap in times of emergencies (DO NOT PUT HAND SANITIZER INSIDE THE EYE AT ANY POINT)
By adhering to the mentioned above guidelines and staying vigilant, you increase your chances of recovering from various eye emergencies in daily life. For those in high-risk jobs, discuss with your supervisor to establish proper protocols. Always be aware of nearby hospitals or clinics for immediate assistance in case of an emergency.