TQUK Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work - Online Blended Part 1

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Foreign object in the eye

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Dealing with Foreign Objects in the Eye: First Aid Guide

Understanding Eye Irritation

Foreign objects can easily enter the eye, causing discomfort and pain. Common irritants include dust, insects, grit, fluff, or grass seeds. Recognize the symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Tearing (natural flushing response)

Immediate Response

Follow these crucial steps:

  • Step 1: Avoid rubbing the eye, as it can exacerbate the issue by scratching the eye or pushing the object deeper.
  • Step 2: Cover both eyes to prevent tracking (simultaneous movement of both eyes). Covering one eye will cause the injured eye to move as well.
  • Step 3: With gloves on, tilt the patient's head to facilitate rinsing without affecting the unaffected eye.
  • Step 4: Use saline pods or eye wash bottles to gently flush out the foreign object. The item may be visible in the corner of the eye.
  • Step 5: If the object is visible, use a corner of a tissue or a piece of material to delicately remove it. Instruct the patient not to rub the eyes, as it may worsen the situation or aggravate any existing eye scratches.

Seeking Medical Assistance

In most cases, medical attention is not necessary. However, if problems persist or you have concerns, it's advisable to consult a healthcare professional.