INJURIES TO THE EYE
Remember to be extremely gentle and diligent
when dealing with any form of eye injury.
Object in Eye
If an object enters the eye attempt to remove with
water. Flush the eye with water, from the nose end outwards. Be delicate
in handling, because foreign objects can sometimes in fact be a scratch
in the eye. If the object is stuck under the upper lid, hold the eye
lashes of the upper lid and carefully pull them forward and downwards
over the lower lid. The object may get dislodged and stick to the
lower lid. Another technique is to roll the upper or lower eyelid
over a cotton bud. Then gently remove object with damp sterile cloth
Do not remove any objects embedded in the eye. Dial
999 immediately. This type of serious injury requires the careful
bandaging of both closed eyes. Any protruding objects need to be stabilised
and a cone placed over the eye. If the eye has been burned by chemicals,
gas or acid, flush the face, eyes and eyelids with cool water for
at least 20 minutes. Make sure the water reaches under the eyelids.
Wrap a bandage around both eyes and show the ambulance crew the chemical
or substance in question.