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First Aid Treatment for Eye Irritant

Important Information

Patient Care; Eye Irritants

  • Wear gloves to protect yourself and the patient from disease transmission

  • Inspect the eye and attempt to locate the irritant

  • Either you or the patient should lift the upper eye lid and gently pull it down over the lower eye lashes

  • Encourage the patient to blink and let tears wash irritants away

  • If irritants remain, flush the eye with a gentle stream of water using a first aid eye wash or carefully attempt to dislodge it with a sterile moistened cloth

  • If the irritant remains, have the patient seek treatment from an eye specialist