First Aid for the Eyes

Posted on May 20, 2012

Today wasn’t my first experience to do first aid for the eyes. My first one was when a very minute insect got into my sister’s eye. Luckily, I had a small unopened bottle of saline solution and a 10cc syringe which I used to irrigate her eyes. I had review classes the next day then but I insisted my mother bring her to the clinic for a check-up.

It’s very important to care for our eyes and we shouldn’t take for granted if something gets into it. My mother mentioned to me earlier that a teacher became blind just after she passed by a mango tree and something entered her eyes. They thought it was some sap from the mango itself but they later on realized that it was fertilizer. No matter what the case may be, it’s necessary for first aid to be given so as not to further the problem.

When something got into your eyes:

  • If you’re nowhere near a faucet with clean, running water, blink as many times as you can to sweep away the foreign object out of your eye. Most likely, you will tear so let the tear do its job in washing it out.
  • Avoid rubbing your eye or touching it if your hand is dirty. Just close your eyes and gently massage your lids if you wish.

When chemical splashed into your eyes:

  • Irrigate your eye with clean, running water for 5 minutes and cover it with clean gauze or towel. Don’t take it for granted no matter what chemical it is. Immediately go to the nearest clinic or emergency facility for medical management. Avoid touching it with your hand.

When you had a cut or a blow:

  • Basically, your eyes will be swollen and there will be pain. Take a clean towel and some ice packs and apply cold compresses to the affected eye. Do this gently and remember not to apply too much pressure.
  • Call your doctor or rush to the nearest emergency facility if the pain is unbearable or if there is uncontrolled bleeding.

First aid for the eyes is easy to do so there is no excuse for you to skip it when something happens and it is needed. It’s only a small part of our whole system but it can be a very big loss when not cared for properly.

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