Chemicals in the Eye: What to Do

If your eye is splashed with a chemical, flush the eye immediately with water. You can fill a pan with water, put your face in the pan and open and close the eye several times. Flush continuously and gently, for at least 15 minutes, under a sink or shower faucet. Flush from the nose side of the eye toward the cheek to prevent the other eye from being contaminated. Hold the eye open as wide as possible and rotate it, allowing the liquid to flow over the eye. After flushing the eye, seek immediate medical attention. Don't cover or bandage the eye, because emergency medical staff will have to waste valuable time removing the covering before treatment. Keeping the eye closed may relieve pain. Take the container with you; the emergency staff needs to know what the chemical was.