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First Aid for Eye Injuries

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Learn how to treat eye injuries at home, and then visit your eye doctor!

As a rule, all eye injuries must be looked at by a qualified eye doctor. However, knowing how to administer the appropriate first aid without delay can help prevent vision loss until you are able to reach one of our eye care centers in Troy, Luverne, Enterprise, Ozark or , Alabama.

Here are some first aid guidelines from the eye care professionals at Family Eye & Laser for different types of eye injuries:

Chemical burns

No matter what chemical contacts with your eye, flush your eye out immediately with water or any other drinkable liquid. Best is to hold your eye under a stream of water or pour water into your eye from a clean container. Continue rinsing for about 15 minutes. If you’re wearing contact lenses, flush over the lens (which may dislodge it). Afterwards, don’t bandage your eye. Contact our eye care center near you immediately for further assistance.

Foreign object in the eye

Try to let your tears rinse the item out. Lift your upper eyelid outwards and look down towards your lower eyelid to help dislodge the object. Never rub your eye nor use tweezers or any other tools. See your eye doctor immediately if you cannot easily remove the object.

Blunt trauma injury

If you suffer a blow to your eye, apply a cold compress gently and take an over-the-counter pain medication. If you have pain, blurred vision, one eye that protrudes more than the other, or bleeding in your eye, seek medical eye care immediately.

Cuts of your eye and eyelid

If the object that cut your eye is stuck, do not try to remove it from your eye! Go to the nearest emergency room for urgent eye care. Also, never wash out your eye if there is a cut. Instead, cover it with a hard shield and go to an eye clinic for treatment.

Never assume that your eye injury is harmless. By knowing and practicing the basics of first aid eye care quickly, you can reduce your chances of vision loss and improve the chances of successful healing. We’re here to help you with all types of eye injuries in Troy, Luverne, Enterprise, Ozark and , Alabama.

At Family Eye & Laser, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 334-697-3100 or book an appointment online to see one of our Troy eye doctors.

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