Eye First Aid: The Basics

Most eye injuries happen at home. Here’s how you can protect your family’s eyes from the most common accidents—and what to do in an emergency.

What’s the most dangerous place for your eyes? Your home. Nearly half of all eye injuries happen in and around the home. They can happen while you cook, or clean, or work around the house or yard.  

Eye injuries should be treated by a doctor. Until you can make it to your eye doctor, emergency room, or urgent care, here’s what to do in the meantime. 

Has it been a while since your last eye exam? Now’s the time to book an appointment!  

Basic Rules for Eye Injuries  

Until you can get to the doctor, follow these 3 basic rules for eye injuries  

  1. Don’t touch, rub, or apply pressure  
  2. Don’t try to remove something that has punctured your eye  
  3. Don’t use medication or ointments of any kind  

How to Avoid Eye Injuries 

Wear protective glasses: 90% of eye injuries could be prevented with safety glasses. You can find them at most hardware stores. And remember: if you’re doing yard work or home projects, bystanders are always at risk of projectiles, so make sure you have extra glasses on hand.  

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