How To Deal With An Eye Injury

Small particles of dust or dirt can be washed out of an eye with cold tap water.

Ensure the water runs away from the good eye.

For a more serious eye injury

  • Keep the casualty still and gently hold a soft sterile dressing over the injured eye. This can be carefully bandaged in place if necessary.
  • Tell the casualty to close their good eye, because any movement of this will cause the injured eye to move also. If necessary, bandage the good eye to stop the casualty using it. Lots of reassurance will be needed!
  • Take the casualty to hospital. Dial 999 for an ambulance if necessary.

For chemicals in the eye

  • Wear protective gloves.
  • Wash with copious amounts of clean water, ensuring the water runs away from the good eye. Gently but firmly try to open the casualty’s eyelid to irrigate the eye fully.
  • Dial 999 for an ambulance.

Eye Injury


How To Deal With An Eye Injury

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