There are many natural and manmade eye irritants that we come in contact with on a regular basis. It’s important for everyone to know how to identify irritants and figure out the best course of action to treat them.
Foreign Objects in the Eye
Foreign objects can be anything from makeup and contact lenses to dirt and glass. You may be able to gently remove the irritant with your finger. Tears may force the irritant out. If you notice discomfort, pain, and redness and cannot remove the object, you may need to see an eye doctor. You should also see an ophthalmologist if you notice bleeding or if the debris prevents you from closing your eyes.
Chemicals in the Eye
Household and industrial chemicals can be very hazardous to eyes. Always wear protection when working with these substances. If one gets in your eye, immediately wash it out with saline solution or clean water for a minimum of 15 minutes. You may need to hold your eyelids apart while washing.
Eye trauma can happen after suffering a blow to the eyes. This can occur while playing sports, working, or while engaging in everyday tasks. If you experience eye trauma, place a cold compress on the eye, but do not apply pressure. Seek medical attention immediately.
Eye Puncture Wounds
Eye puncture wounds can be very upsetting. If your eye is punctured, you should obtain emergency medical care. Do not rub the eye. Try to find an object you can place over the injury to provide protection, like a paper or foam cup.
If you have an eye emergency, call 911. Time is of the essence. If you engage in high-risk activities, speak with your ophthalmologist for recommendations for eye protection to reduce your risk of injury.
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