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    First Aid Guide – Foreign object in the eye


    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.

    Claiming compensation for eye injuries

    You need a personal injury lawyer you can trust, and Accident Advice Helpline has 14 years’ experience in the personal injury industry. We’ve helped hundreds of customers just like you claim the compensation they deserve, and we can help you too. Call us today and we will listen to your unique situation, offering confidential, no-obligation advice. The good news is that there are no upfront fees to pay; our lawyers operate on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so our services really are affordable for all. Pick up the phone and call our freephone helpline today to see how we can help you – we’re open 24/7.

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    Date Published: September 24, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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