Chemical burns to the eye occur when the eye comes in contact with irritants such as acids or alkaline. Chemical burn to the eyes can happen in the home, at school, in the workplace or anywhere chemicals are handled. It can be caused by some of the most common products we use on a daily basis. These include:
- chemical products
- teeth whitening products
- denture cleaners
The symptoms of chemical eye burn can include:
- eye redness
- eye irritation
- swelling of the eye
- blurred vision
- inability to open the eye
If someone suffers from chemical burns to the eye, it is important to give first aid immediately. If this happens in the workplace, the employer should have an eyewash station. Flush out the eyes with sterile eyewash from the eyewash station. This should bring some ease any discomfort in the eyes.
If the chemical burns occurs in the house and there is no sterile eyewash, flush the eyes with water for at least 10 minutes. Try to open the eyes as much and as often as possible. Also, try to roll the eyes to ensure greatest coverage.
Depending on the severity and success of flushing the eyes, it may be necessary to see a doctor. If this is required, it is important for the doctor to know the type of chemical that caused the burn in order to dispense the correct treatment.