Your eyes are one of the most sensitive organs, and because they are exposed to the outside world, you must do everything you can to take good care of them. There are many potential threats to your vision, from eye disease to chemical burns. If the latter happens to you, Dr. Brett K. Ladow, an optometrist who has served patients in Spencer, WV, since 1980, advises you to take the following steps.
What to Do if Chemicals Get in Your Eye
1. Flush Your Eyes
Get as much of the chemical out as possible by gently flushing out the affected eye with lukewarm water. You can do this under a faucet running on low or pour water out of a separate container. For the best results, tilt your head to the side and pour the water in from one side of the eye rather than from directly above.
2. Remove Contact Lenses
If you wear a contact lens, gently try to remove it. Your lenses may come out while you are rinsing your eyes, but if they don’t, it is best to remove them as soon as possible after rinsing. Contacts can trap the chemical on your eye, potentially causing more damage.
3. Avoid Direct Contact & Light
Your eyes may burn, but avoid rubbing them or otherwise touching them. Put on sunglasses or keep the eyes closed to allow minimal light in. If you touch your eyes or let in too much light, you’ll cause further stress, which may result in more damage.
4. Get Professional Help
Depending on the severity of the burn, either call 911 or drive to the nearest emergency room. Your eyes will feel better after rinsing them, but this doesn’t mean the threat is gone. See a doctor as soon as possible so they can address the situation — you may need a different treatment depending on the type of chemical that got into your eyes.
5. Visit Your Optometrist
After you have followed the treatment plan laid out by the ER doctor or paramedic, schedule an eye exam. Your eye doctor understands your unique situation and the needs of your eyes, so they can determine whether any further treatment is required.
When choosing an optometrist, you want someone who is experienced and caring. Dr. Brett K. Radow is committed to helping the Spencer community see clearly and has an excellent reputation among residents. Read some of his client reviews to learn more, and call (304) 927-5112 to schedule an appointment with him.