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First-Aid for the Eyes

To reduce the risk of permanent damage caused by eye injuries, it is important to treat eye injuries immediately. Consult your child's physician or ophthalmologist (eye care specialist) as soon as possible.

First-aid for cuts in or around the eye:

  • Gently bandage your child's eye.
  • Do not apply pressure to your child's eye.
  • Instruct your child not to rub his/her eye.
  • Do not try to remove any particles from your child's eye.
  • Do not wash out your child's eye.

First-aid for foreign objects in the eye:

  • Instruct your child not to rub his/her eye.
  • Use an eye wash to wash out the speck or object from your child's eye.
  • Instruct your child to close his/her eye.
You should seek medical attention immediately if the above procedures do not work.

First-aid for chemical splashes:

  • Use fingers to separate your child's eyelids, then flush his/her eye with water from a faucet or clean container.
  • Seek medical attention immediately.

First-aid for physical trauma to the eye:

  • Immediately, but gently, apply small cold compresses to your child's eye without applying pressure to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Contact your child's physician or your child's ophthalmologist (eye care specialist) immediately.

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It is important to remember the health information found on this website is for reference only not intended to replace the advice and guidance of your healthcare provider. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.

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