How can you keep your eyes safe at home? Do you know what to do if you have an eye emergency? There are steps you can and should take to protect your eyes. And if something happens, knowing what to do in advance will be important to your health and comfort.
Many people think safety glasses are awkward or uncomfortable, but safety glasses can be the best thing you can do to protect your eyesight and avoid an emergency trip to the doctor. Safety glasses are inexpensive, can be picked up at home improvement and sport equipment stores and some can be worn over your current glasses or contact lens prescription. Some people prefer a more customized option with a frame they choose with safety side shields. Custom, prescription safety eyewear can be purchased from our office.
You should wear safety eyewear while doing the following:
- Lawn work
- Car maintainance
- Working with metal
- Working with chemicals
In addition, some people wear safety glasses when preparing certain foods (like hot peppers) because of the risk of getting pepper juice in the eye.
Metal, wood or something unknown is in my eye. What do I do?
Call us right away. We will ask you questions and make recommendations, or schedule a visit so that you can get your life back to normal.
Something splashed in my eye. What do I do?
Immediately: Flush your eye with clean, lukewarm water for 20 minutes. 20 minutes is going to feel like a very long time so set a timer and stick with it. Use the sink or shower to keep the water flowing gently in your open eyes for the entire 20 minutes.
Next: Wash your hands with soap and water and make sure no chemical or soap remains on your hands. If you have contact lenses in (they did not come out during the flush) then remove them now.
Finally: Call us. If you have a friend or family member who wants to call while you are taking the above steps that is fine. Be sure to bring us the name of the chemical. Avoid rubbing your eyes and do not use any drops unless we have recommended you do so. You may be more comfortable wearing sunglasses until you see us.
We have a doctor on call for emergencies after hours. If you find yourself in the middle of an eye emergency, be sure our number is in your phone for easy access. 405-341-9480