Eye First Aid
 

 

To remove grit or foreign bodies from the eye . . .

  • Wash eye liberally with eye wash (if available) or clean tap water. Give tears a chance to wash out speck.
  • If object is under upper lid, lift upper eyelid outward and down over lower lid so that foreign body may stick to it.
  • Try to wipe speck gently with moistened sterile gauze or moistened tip of a clean handkerchief.
  • If object is under lower lid, pull down lower lid and wipe off speck gently.

If foreign object doesn't come out . . .

  • Keep eye closed.
  • Place gauze pads or clean cloths over both eyes and hold in place lightly with adhesive tape.
  • Do not rub eye.
  • Get professional medical help immediately.

If eye is cut or scratched . . .

  • Do not wash out eye with water.
  • Bandage lightly.
  • See a doctor at once.

 

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