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    Eye Injury Treatment

    Call 911 if: 

    • An object such as a piece of glass or metal is sticking out of the eye.

    • An object such as a piece of glass or metal is sticking out of the eye.

    1. For Chemical Exposure

    • Don't rub eyes.
    • Immediately wash out the eye with lots of water. Use whatever is closest -- water fountain, shower, garden hose.
    • Get medical help while you are doing this, or after 15 to 20 minutes of continuous flushing
    • Don't bandage the eye.

    2. For a Blow to the Eye

    • Apply a cold compress, but don't put pressure on the eye.
    • Take over-the-counter acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for pain.
    • If there is bruising, bleeding, change in vision, or it hurts when your eye moves, see a doctor right away.

    3. For a Foreign Particle in Eye

    • Don't rub the eye.
    • Pull the upper lid down and blink repeatedly.
    • If particle is still there, rinse with eyewash.
    • If rinsing doesn't help, close eye, bandage it lightly, and see a doctor.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD on January 20, 2016

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