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Do you know Chemical Injury to the Eye?

Chemical injury to the eye: Chemical exposure to any part of the eye or eyelid may result in a chemical eye burn.

Eyes can be damaged by solid, liquid, powder or aerosol chemicals.

Chemical injury to the eye that occurs at home are most likely to be caused by:

  • Soaps
  • Disinfectants
  • Solvents
  • Cosmetics
  • Drain cleaners
  • Oven cleaners
  • Ammonia
  • And bleach

Chemical injury to the eye in agricultural

  • Fertilizers
  • Or pesticides

Can cause eye damage.

In industry

Many irritating chemicals

And solvents can injure the eye.

Early signs and symptoms of a chemical eye burn are:

  • Swelling of the eyelids
  • Irritation
  • Tearing
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Inability to keep the eye open
  • Sensation of something in the eye
  • Blurred vision

Treatment when Chemical injury to the eye

  • Rinse the eye with a continuous stream of water.
  • It is best to use cool running water and to continue to rinse for at least 10 minutes.
  • If you have contact lenses, do not try to remove them before washing your eye.
  • Do NOT rub your eyes, even after flushing them with water.
  • Next, go to the doctor

Prevention chemical damage

  • Wear protective goggles whenever working with chemicals.
  • Start flushing the eye with water immediately.
  • Use a strong steady stream of clean water.
  • Use less liquid detergent
  • Non-combining liquid detergent with hot water
  • Non-combining bleaching products with any type of ammonia-containing detergent



Collected by :

Dr. Afsaneh Amin Ghafouri

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