Call 911 if:
- 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.