Home > Medical > First aid > Burns 29 June 2005 Chemical burns of the eye Chemicals which accidentally splash into the eye may rapidly harm its delicate surfaces and need prompt treatment. 0 Assess Am I at risk of a stroke? » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Would you survive disaster? » How to perform the Heimlich Manoeuvre How to save a choking child Chemicals which accidentally splash into the eye may rapidly harm its delicate surfaces. Many household products, such as detergents and bleach, may cause serious damage if not treated promptly. Home treatment No time must be lost in washing out any chemicals. Place the eye directly under a gently running stream of water from a tap or shower, positioning the head so that contaminated water does not run into the other eye or down the face. You could also immerse the face in a bowl or sink of water. Rinse the eye thoroughly by moving the eye in all directions. Open the eyelids with your fingers to ensure that the water gets to all parts of the eye. If the person is wearing contact lenses, do not try to remove the lens. Flush the eye out first. If the burning sensation is severe or if a strong chemical such as an acid or alkali is involved, continue flushing with clean water for at least 20 minutes. Alkalis, which penetrate the eye and do the most damage, are slowly drawn out through the surface only by prolonged flushing. See your doctor if: The burning sensation is not relieved within 30 minutes. An acid or alkali was involved. The eye remains red or continues to water after a few hours. There is blurring of vision or the eye becomes sensitive to light. More in Medical Chemical burns on the skin More: First aidBurns SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Mental health Most heavy drinkers are not alcoholics Medical Poor sleep linked to inflammation in teens News Tygerberg opens HIV biorepository Medical Laser used to remove tattoos may help reduce acne scars Medical How to get a handle on your heartburn Sex ‘The Institute of Sexology’ exhibition From our sponsors Uncontrolled periodontal disease and diabetes – a collective health risk? Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health. Vitamin wise » Vitamins for HIV What to eat for vitamin B? Cut down on vitamins All you need to know about vitamins Find out which vitamin to use for which condition. Ask our Vitamin expert.