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What should you do when you suffer an eye injury?

What should you do when you suffer an eye injury?

Rather than using an over-the-counter medication or home remedies to deal with an eye injury, here's what you should do!

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Published : January 15, 2016 1:22 PM IST

Should you go to a doctor or tend to an eye injury at your home? What to do if you accidently suffer from an eye injury at your workplace or if your kid suddenly splashes liquid paint in her eyes? Well, apart from following first-aid precautions (which is definitely a must), here are a few other things you should do when dealing with an eye injury or trauma, says Dr Sheetal Kishanpuria, Consultant Cataract Specialist, Sharp Sight Centre.

1. Never self-medicate: Most people tend to grab an eyedrop or a lotion to soothe an itching eye or pain in the eyes, without even consulting a doctor. Also, taking an advice from the chemist is a bad idea, as a chemist is in no way equipped enough to prescribe medicines. You must visit an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. In case of an eye injury or pain, avoid self-medication.

2. Say no to home remedies: Avoid using any home remedies to deal with eye trauma or injury as it might worsen the condition. Even, cucumber slices or turmeric and rose water are a strict no-no when it comes to eye injury. The only safe home remedy when it concerns eyes is using potato slices or tomato slices to soothe tired eyes. Here are few more home remedies to relieve fatigued and strained eyes.

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3. Start first-aid immediately: In case of a chemical injury, wash the eye immediately with lots of water, preferably for 15-20 minutes. This will wash away the toxins or chemicals from the eye and neutralise the pH of the eye. As soon as you feel better, visit an eye hospital to get your eye checked thoroughly. Did you know TV screens, laptops, tablets, etc. are harming our eyes?

4. Avoid blowing your nose: In case of an injury caused due to physical trauma to the eye, avoid blowing your nose. In such a case, it is better to cover the affected eye with a plastic shield or a glass and rush to the hospital.

Follow these expert tips to avoid eye complications caused due to an eye injury and don't forget to consult an eye specialist to rule out severe eye disorders.

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