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FIRST AID tips: MINOR EYE INJURIES


A common problem is getting an object, whether an eyelash or speck of sand, stuck in the eye.

Flush it out

  • Don’t rub, as this can increase irritation. After washing your hands with soap and water, pull your upper eyelid gently over the lower lid to flush the object out of the eye. Repeat if necessary. You can also rinse the eye with saline solution or water, using an eyecup or small, clean drinking glass.

See a doctor

  • If the object is embedded or is large, don’t try to remove it yourself.

  • If you think you have scratched the cornea.

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Sources: Mayoclinic.com and Webmd.com. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any questions regarding a medical condition.

 

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