Whether you are working in an office or on a building site, accidents at work necessitating treatment for eye damage can occur anywhere.
Treatment for eye damage
As the majority of even apparently minor eye injuries at work could cause loss of sight unless treated quickly and correctly, it is imperative to administer the right emergency treatment for eye damage and then seeking medical assistance as quickly as possible.
Here is the recommended treatment for eye damage of varying types.
Involving breaks in blood vessels between the sclera (the white of your eye) and the conjunctiva (its clear covering), subconjunctival haemorrhages:
- May be caused by even very minor work accidents
- Are usually painless and will not cause loss of sight
- Typically do not require treatment and will clear up on their own
However, if there is pain and the bleeding does not clear, you should seek a medical opinion.
Caused by rubbing the eye when sand, dust or other foreign objects are present or something poking you in the eye, even minor scratches on the eye are:
- Extremely uncomfortable
- Likely to cause redness or severe light sensitivity
- Susceptible to infection by fungi and bacteria
Do not rub or patch your eye. Loosely tape an eye shield or a paper cup over it and see a doctor as soon as possible.
Foreign or penetrating objects
If something has penetrated your eye or embedded itself in your cornea, do not attempt to remove the penetrating/embedded object. Protect the eye by loosely taping an eye shield or a paper cup over it and seek medical assistance.
If your eye injury was caused by splashes of acid or alkali-based substances, rinse the eye under running lukewarm tap water for approximately 15 minutes. Following this, contact an emergency room or your eye doctor for advice, telling them what substance you got into your eye and what you have done about it.
If the redness or pain is severe, or your vision is blurry, seek medical help immediately.
Impact injuries and lacerations
Treat impact injuries and lacerations as follows:
- Black eye: apply an ice pack to reduce swelling, seek medical assistance
- Traumatic iritis: seek medical help immediately
- Hyphaemia or orbital blowout fractures: seek medical assistance immediately
- Corneal laceration: seek immediate emergency hospital care
If your eye injuries were the result of a workplace accident for which someone else was responsible, you may qualify for work injury compensation. Contact us, Accident Advice Helpline, on freephone 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, now to learn more.