If somebody has a foreign object in the eye, they may need medical attention quickly. Normal foreign objects such as contact lenses and loose eyelashes float on the white of the eye and can be rinsed off. However, some objects may rest on the coloured part of the eye, penetrate the eyeball or stick to the eye and these can’t be easily removed without causing damage to the eye. It is important to recognise signs of a foreign object in the eye:
- Eyelids screwed up
- Redness and watering
- Blurred vision
- Pain and discomfort
You need to try and prevent injury to the eye and help the casualty to sit down facing the light. Stand behind them, gently separating their eyelids with finger and thumb. Examine their eye by asking them to look up, down, left and right.
If you can see an object on the white of the eye, a sterile eye-wash bath or clean water in a cup can be used. Incline their head to the injured side, placing a towel on their shoulder. Pour the eye bath or water from the bridge of the nose to flush the eye out. If this doesn’t work, use a clean hanky or moist swab to lift the object out. You should never touch the eyeball or coloured part of the eye as this may cause damage, and if the foreign object doesn’t clear, seek medical attention.
Has your eye been damaged?
If your eye has been damaged due to first aid gone wrong, you might be eligible to make a claim for compensation. For example, if somebody has touched your eyeball or the coloured part of your eye whilst trying to remove a foreign object and has caused damage to your vision, you could claim. The time limit in place for claims is usually three years, but it makes sense to claim as soon as possible after your injury occurs.
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