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What should I do for a heat burn to my eye?

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If you get a heat burn to your eye, flush it right away:

If at all possible, flush your eyes in the shower with the water aimed at your face and someone helping to keep your eyes open. If you can't get to a shower, try splashing running water from a sink.

If the accident happened at a worksite, it's more important to flush out your eye(s) for 20 to 30 minutes than to go right to the hospital.

  • Fill a sink or dishpan with cool water.
  • Put your face in it.
  • Open and close your eyes to get water to all parts of your eye. If you think you have a serious chemical injury to the eye(s), keep flushing out your eye with water until an ambulance arrives or you get to the emergency room.

From: Eye Burns/Corneal Burns Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Allina Hospitals & Clinics: “Corneal Flash Burns.”

Kaiser Permanente: “Burns to the Eye.”

eMedicineHealth: "Corneal Flash Burns."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Allina Hospitals & Clinics: “Corneal Flash Burns.”

Kaiser Permanente: “Burns to the Eye.”

eMedicineHealth: "Corneal Flash Burns."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 16, 2018

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