Eye Injuries

If the injury does not involve the eyeball, apply a sterile compress and hold it in place with a firm bandage. If the eyeball appears to be injured, use a loose bandage.

Remember that you must NEVER attempt to remove any object that is embedded in the eyeball or that has penetrated it; just apply a dry, sterile compress to cover both eyes, and hold the compress in place with a loose bandage

Eye wounds contain small foreign objects may become lodged in the eye. Since even a small piece of dirt is intensely irritating to the eye. The following precautions must be observed:

  • DO NOT allow the victim to rub the eye.
  • DO NOT press against the eye or manipulate it in any way that might cause the object to become embedded in the tissues of the eye.
  • DO NOT use toothpicks, matchsticks, or wires to remove the object.
  • DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES ATTEMPT TO REMOVE AN OBJECT THAT IS EMBEDDED IN THE EYEBALL OR THAT HAS PENETRATED THE EYE!
  • Small objects that are lodged on the surface of the eye or on the membrane lining the eyelids can usually be removed by the following procedures:

 

  • 1. Try to wash the eye gently with lukewarm. CAUTION: Never use dry cotton anywhere near the eye. It will stick to the eyeball.
  • 2. If the foreign object cannot be removed by the above method, DO NOT MAKE ANY FURTHER ATTEMPTS TO REMOVE IT. Instead, place a small, thick gauze dressing over eyes and hold it in place with a loose bandage. This limits movement of the injured eye.

  • 3. Get medical help for the victim at the earliest opportunity.
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