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? » Join Parenting Forum » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Would you survive disaster? » How to save a choking child Vinnie Jones' hard and fast hands-only CPR 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 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 Medical MERS may be transported through the air Medical Clinton advocates more efficient use of HIV resources News Afrikaners at risk of Parkinson's News Early loss of a parent could shorten your lifespan News Doctor leading Ebola fight contracts disease himself Medical SA to start HIV+ patients on antiretrovirals sooner From our sponsors A number of good reasons why saving the tooth is a better option Breakfast like a King Alzheimer’s disease – incurable but preventable Cancer is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many. Live healthier Yoga » Exercise time? Yoga mats matter Yoga and sleep What yoga can do for you Yoga is a stress-buster, but it also helps with anxiety, depression, insomnia, back pain and other ills. 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.