Workplace Eye Injuries
March is Workplace Eye Safety Month. If you or a coworker injure your eye, Today's Vision is sharing these important guidelines. For all eye injuries: • DO NOT touch, rub or apply pressure to the eye. • DO NOT try to remove the object stuck in the eye. • Do not apply ointment or medication to the eye. • See an eye doctor as soon as possible. If your eye has been cut or punctured: • Gently place a shield over the eye. The bottom of a paper cup taped to the bones surrounding the eye can serve as a shield until you get medical attention. • DO NOT rinse with water. • DO NOT remove the object stuck in eye. • DO NOT rub or apply pressure to eye. • Avoid giving aspirin, ibuprofen or other non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs thin the blood and may increase bleeding. • After you have finished protecting the eye, see your Today's Vision eye doctor immediately. If you get a particle or foreign material in your eye: • DO NOT rub the eye. • Lift the upper eyelid over the lashes of your lower lid. • Blink several times and allow tears to flush out the particle. • If the particle remains, keep your eye closed and seek medical attention. In case of a chemical burn to the eye: • Immediately flush the eye with plenty of clean water • Seek emergency medical treatment right away. To treat a blow to the eye: • Gently apply a small cold compress to reduce pain and swelling. • DO NOT apply any pressure. • If a black eye, pain or visual disturbance occurs even after a light blow, immediately contact your Eye M.D. or emergency room. • Remember that even a light blow can cause a significant eye injury. To treat sand or small debris in the eye: • Use eyewash to flush the eye out. • DO NOT rub the eye. • If the debris doesn't come out, lightly bandage the eye and see your Today's Vision eye doctor or visit the nearest emergency room.