Having something in your eye can be a painful and potentially dangerous experience. (At the very least, it’s pretty annoying!) While your eyelashes and eyelids work hard to make sure particles and debris stay away from your eyes, things can still slip past and cause lots of discomfort. When that happens, there are some quick and easy steps you can take to remedy the situation. Most of the time, the simple processes below will fix your problem, but more serious cases may require medical attention. The trick is knowing when to ask for outside help.
If there’s something in your eye, try these methods of at-home eye care in Cape Cod before going into panic mode!
Give them a rinse
The first way to quickly relieve eye discomfort caused by a foreign body in your eyes is to rinse them gently with cool water. Many people instinctively scratch and rub their eyes, but this can do more harm than good. Your hands may introduce germs into irritated areas or scratches. This opens the door for bacteria or other debris. Wash your hands, rinse your eyes and continue to rinse until you feel relief.
Try to spot the problem
This may be difficult if you are having trouble seeing, but looking for the culprit in a mirror can help you decide your next steps. For example, if you spot a hair, the remedy is to rinse or remove it with a soft cloth. Alternatively, if there is a problem larger than a hair—say, a shard of glass or fragment of metal—this is a sign to get to the emergency room. Trying to remove a sharp foreign object yourself could result in permanent eye damage and even blindness in the affected eye. Don’t mess around with your sight!
If you already know that chemical exposure is affecting your sight, you will need to multitask. Begin rinsing your eye as quickly as possible. If you have someone nearby, have them read the instructions on the chemical bottle, which should give detailed directions for this very situation. If instructed to do so, keep rinsing while plotting your journey to the ER. While some chemicals are easy enough to rinse and do no more damage that hand soap, others can cause major damage in a short amount of time.
Keep an eye on the situation
If you’ve experienced any sort of eye trauma, be sure to monitor it. If your symptoms don’t dissipate after 30 minutes, you should consider calling your health care provider. If the pain seems to extend beyond the surface of your eye or feels deep in the eye socket, reach out to your doctor or a nearby urgent care facility. If you do need medical attention, be sure to take any chemical containers with you. This will help your health care provider determine the best course of action to take.
The professionals at Bayview Optometrics are pleased to provide outstanding eye care in Cape Cod. If you need to schedule an eye exam, order new glasses or contacts or have questions related to your eyes and vision, call us!