If you work in a local industrial environment, chances are you’re at risk for an eye industry. These types of jobs are typically done in an environment that is prone to these types of injuries which is why most require workers to wear safety glasses.
But if you suffer one of these types of injuries, would you know what to do? Here’s a basic primer on the exact steps you should take if you’re the victim of an eye injury.
If you have pain in your eye, a loss of vision or blurred vision, it’s a sign that you need professional medical personnel to help with the injury. Your first step should be to call a medical professional, and after you or a coworker has made the call, you should take the following steps, depending on the type of injury you have.
If There are Chemicals in Your Eye
- You should flush your eye with plain water for at least 15 minutes. You can do this by putting your eye under a water facet, by using a garden hose, or pouring water over your eye with some other sanitary container.
- If wearing them, take out your contact lenses.
- Don’t add any other type of liquid in an attempt to neutralize the harmful chemical.
- Don’t put a bandage over your eye.
If There are Particles in Your Eye
- Don’t rub your eye, no matter how painful or itchy it is.
- Your eye will likely tear up—let it and it may wash out the particle. If it doesn’t, you can use artificial tears to try and wash it out.
- Lift your upper eyelid outward and then down over your lower eyelid. This may remove the particle.
- If none of this works, close your eye, place a tight bandage over it and wait for the medical help to arrive.
If You’ve Received a Blow to Your Eye
- Apply either a cold compress or a plastic bag filled with ice gently over the eye without putting pressure on it. This will help reduce pain and swelling.
- Keep the ice on your eye until medical help arrives.
If Your Eye is Cut or Punctured
- Don’t attempt to wash out your eye if it’s been cut or punctured.
- Don’t attempt to remove whatever object punctured it. This could only make it worse, so you should wait for the medical professionals to assess the situation.
- Cover your eye with something hard and rigid, like the bottom of a paper cup.
Work related eye injuries are an all too often problem, but by following the above recommendations, you will ensure that yours is properly attended to. Of course, the number one way to protect your eyes from injuries is to wear a good pair of safety glasses. These glasses just may prevent that injury from occurring in the first place.