How to Treat An Eye Injury - First Aid Training - St John Ambulance

Author: St John Ambulance

Eye injuries vary from something very minor such as getting shampoo in your eye to something quite serious such as a cut which could cause permanent loss of vision. Common types of eye injuries include foreign objects getting stuck in the eye, cuts or grazes from a sharp object, severe blows to the eye from a hard object. If you think someone's hurt their eye, there are five key things to look for: pain in the eye or eyelid a visible wound or bloodshot appearance partial or total loss of vision blood or clear fluid leaking from the wound screwed up eyelids and watering if there's something in there.

If someone has an eye injury, tell them not to rub their eyes as this can make it worse. Get them to sit down, facing a light. We're going to open the eyelid get them to look right, left, down and back. If you see something in the eye, get them to tilt to the injured side. You can use a jug of water or saline solution to remove the object.

You can use a tea towel to get any drips that may come from the eye. If you think the eye may be bruised or cut get them to lie on their back keeping their head and eye as still as possible. You can give them a non-fluffy sterile dressing to hold in place over the eye. Mark, can I get you to lift this over your eye for me? Excellent. Or you can keep it in place with a bandage. Then take or send them to hospital. So remember: when you're treating eye injuries, tell them not to rub their eyes.

Look closely to see if there's anything in the eye If there's something in it, wash it out with clean water. Put a pad on the eye if it's bruised or cut and take or send them to hospital. And that's how you treat eye injuries.

How to Treat An Eye Injury - First Aid Training - St John Ambulance

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