To reduce the risk of lasting (permanent) damage caused by eye injuries, it's important to treat eye injuries right away. Talk with your child's healthcare provider or eye care specialist (ophthalmologist or optometrist) as soon as possible.
Do's and don'ts include:
Gently bandage your child's eye.
Don’t apply pressure to your child's eye.
Tell your child not to rub their eye.
Don’t try to remove any particles from your child's eye.
Don’t wash out your child's eye.
Here are ways to help your child:
Pull your child's upper lid down onto the lower lid and have them blink repeatedly. The lower eyelashes may sweep the particle away.
Use an eye wash to wash out the speck or object from your child's eye.
Tell your child to close their eye.
Get medical care right away if the above methods don’t work.
Here is what you can do:
Use fingers to separate your child's eyelids, then flush the eye with water from a faucet or clean container.
Get medical care right away.
Cover your child's eye.
Right away, gently apply small cold compresses to your child's eye without applying pressure. This can help reduce pain and swelling.
Contact your child's healthcare provider or eye care specialist (ophthalmologist or optometrist) right away.