First Aid – Eye Injuries

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Overview Of Eye Injuries

Most eye wounds can be done at home.

  • If you ever get a slight cut on your eyelid, place an antiseptic dressing or cloth to safeguard the area. If you don’t have an antiseptic dressing, use a fresh cloth. Do not use soft cotton dressings around the eye. They might tear apart and get wedged in the eye. Keep the dressing fresh and dry.
  • To decrease inflammation around the eye, place cold packs or ice for about 15 minutes three times a day for about two days. The quicker you place a cold pack, the less inflammation you are expected to have. Put a rag between your skin and the ice. After the inflammation decreases, warm compresses might help alleviate the pain.
  • Keep your head raised to help decrease inflammation.
  • Use a non-prescription pain medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen to alleviate pain. Do not use aspirin if you are under the age of 20 except if your GP instructs you to do so.
    Most minor eye wounds can be managed at home by doing it yourself
    Most minor eye wounds can be managed at home by doing it yourself

Eye Injuries With Kids

  • Applying first aid procedures for an eye injury with a child might be challenging, dependent on the child’s size, age, and ability to cooperate.
  • Using another adult to assist you with treating a child is very helpful. Remain calm and speak in a calming voice.
  • Use slow, calm movements to help the child stay still and compliant. A child who is stressed might need to be held sturdily so that first aid can be applied and the urgency of the eye injury evaluated.

Symptoms To Look Out For

Phone your GP if any of the following take place:

  • Reduced, double, or blurry vision which doesn’t seem to clear when blinking.
  • Pain has gotten worse.
  • Blood build-up over the iris.
  • Infection occurs.
  • Symptoms become more serious.

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