Any kind of injury or trauma to the eyes should be taken seriously. Prompt medical attention for eye problems can save your vision and prevent further complications.
Chemicals common at home or in the workplace can easily get splashed into your eyes. It is important to wear safety glasses when handling toxic or abrasive chemicals and use caution with household cleaners in order to prevent injury.
First aid care for chemical burns includes:
Remain calm and keep your eyes open until they can be flushed. Closing your eyes traps the chemical in and does further damage.
Flush eyes generously with water for 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure you keep your eyes open during flushing.
Get immediate medical care.
You can also call your local poison control center for instructions. Be prepared to give information about the name and type of chemical, if possible.
Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.
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