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Have you injured your eye and don’t know what to do next? Look here..

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Traumatic iris tear and cataract
Corneal foreign body
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Intraocular metallic foreign body
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Corneal tear before and after surgery
  • You may have been injured by a blunt or a sharp object at home or at your work place.

  • Don’t splash water in your eyes.

  • Don’t rub your eyes. 

  • Wear some protective eye wear while getting to the doctor.

  • Do not buy over the counter drops to put in your eyes.

  • Do not let dirt/water enter your eyes. 

  • Do not use any home remedies.

  • Immediately contact your nearest ophthalmologist. 

  • The importance of receiving immediate treatment from your eye doctor cannot be overemphasized. 

  • Please inform your doctor about your current tetanus toxoid immunization status.

  • If you have any previous eye records handy, carry them with you to the hospital.

  • While you seek your treatment, your eye doctor will require you to file a medico legal case at the nearest police station.

  • Preferably do not go alone because help will be needed both for medicolegal aspects, consents and starting immediate therapy.

If you have been injured by a chemical

  • Move away from the chemical immediately to prevent further damage.

  • Immediately rinse your eyes with atleast ½ or 1 litre of bottled water or tap water. 

  • If you can see any obvious particulate matter please remove it carefully immediately.

  • Do not rub your eyes.

  • Wear some protective eye wear and immediately visit your ophthalmologist.

  • Take the chemical substance/bottle/label with you when you visit your ophthalmologist.

  • You may or may not require to file a medico legal case. Please do so based on the advise of your treating eye doctor.

  • If any of your previous eye records are at hand, please carry them with you as well.

  • Preferably do not go alone because help will be needed both for medicolegal aspects, consents and starting immediate therapy.

  • What can I do to ease It?

  1. Wearing proper prescribed spectacles

  2. Using lubricating eye drops

  3. FOLLOW RULE OF 20-20-20: Take break every 20 minutes for 20 seconds to look 20 feet away

  4. Engage in more outdoor activities

  5. Use glare reduction filter or blue light blocking filters on device screens

  6. Blink frequently

  7. Use phones at minimum distance of 30cm and computers from 50-60cm

  8. Keep screens at 15-20 degrees below eye level

  9. Using appropriate room lightening while working

  10. Scheduling an appointment with an ophthalmologist if it persists

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