The eyes are an amazing pair of organs that grant us the miracle of sight, yet they are so delicate and prone to injury.

Consider the impact…

that a loss or impairment of vision would have (or has had) on your life. Then consider how valuable is it to be prepared to respond with effective first aid treatment for eye injuries and minimise the potential of prolonged or permanent injury?

Extremely.

That’s the reason we’ve put together a quick reference first aid guide for the 5 most common eye injuries suffered by people at the workplace or home. 

Common Signs & Symptoms of eye injuries

➔ blood shot eye or surrounding bleeding or bruising (black eye)

➔ eye pain or urge to rub

➔ single weeping eye

➔ embedded object

➔ blindness or blurred vision

How to treat the 5 most common eye injuries

Small Foreign Body
(dirt, sand, sawdust etc.)

  1. If on white of the eye only – encourage them to blink to try to flush the eye or wipe gently across the eye with a wet cloth or tissue, from the inside to the outside corner.
  2. Flush the eye with saline or clean running water
  3. If unsuccessful, cover with sterile dressing without applying pressure and seek medical help.

Black or Bruised Eye

  1. Apply a cold compress for up to 20 mins.
  2. Cover with sterile dressing without applying pressure to the eye.
  3. Seek medical attention immediately.

Chemical of Gas Exposure

  1. Flush the eye with running water or eye flush equipment
  2. Cover with sterile dressing without applying pressure to the eye
  3. Call an ambulance.

Embedded Object

  1. DO NOT REMOVE the object!
  2. Call an ambulance.
  3. If possible, apply padding around the object to secure.
  4. Keep person warm, calm and still.

Welder’s Flash

A flash burn caused by intense UV light like from a welding torch or direct or reflected sunlight.

  1. Apply a cold compress for up to 20 mins
  2. Cover with sterile dressing without applying pressure to the eye
  3. Seek medical attention immediately

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