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Chemical Eye Burns

When to Seek Medical Care continued...

If the chemical is an irritant (with a neutral pH) and discomfort and blurred vision are only minor or nonexistent, then you may monitor your condition at home with a call to your ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in eye care and surgery). Make sure the irritation does not worsen. If it does, call your ophthalmologist to arrange an appointment for that day or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

If you have any question about the danger of a chemical, if you do not know what it is, or if you have significant symptoms, go immediately to the nearest hospital's emergency room.

Any time you experience pain, tearing, redness, irritation, or vision loss, go to a hospital's emergency room immediate evaluation, even if you believe the chemical is only a mild irritant.

All acid or alkali eye burns require immediate treatment and evaluation by a doctor. You should be taken immediately to the closest emergency room. If you suspect a serious injury may have occurred or are otherwise not able to make the trip to the emergency room quickly, then you should call an ambulance to shorten transport time. All industries are required to keep a Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) on any chemicals being used. Find this information and take it with you.

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