Eye first aid

First aid for cuts in or around the eye

  • Bandage the eye gently
  • Do not rub the eye or apply pressure
  • Do not try to remove any particles
  • Do not wash out the eye

First aid when foreign particles enter the eye

  • Pull the upper lid down onto lower lid and let lower eyelashes sweep away the particle by blinking repeatedly
  • Let tears wash out the speck or particle, or use an eye wash
  • Close your eye and seek medical attention immediately if the above procedure does not work
  • Do not rub the eye

First aid for chemical splashes

  • Use fingers to separate lids, then flush the eye with water from a faucet or clean container
  • Seek medical attention immediately
  • Do not cover the eye 

First aid for physical trauma to the eye:

  • Gently apply small cold compresses without pressure immediately to reduce pain and swelling
  • Contact your ophthalmologist or primary care physician immediately