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 Pin It Assess Am I at risk of a stroke? » Join Parenting Forum » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Would you survive disaster? » Vinnie Jones' hard and fast hands-only CPR Breathe for me 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 Bestmed - offering you quality healthcare and freedom of choice Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare Medihelp - quality, affordable medical scheme cover 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 Caffeine and alcohol affect your DNA Lifestyle Why mosquitoes bite us Fitness It's never too late to start exercising Lifestyle Good body image tied to happier relationships Medical 135 million will have dementia by 2050 Parenting 'Sensory integration' may help autistic kids From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life. Live healthier Child nutrition » Your child's nutrition Nutrition for schoolkids Diets for toddlers The parent's guide to food labels Making sense of food labels and matching them to the needs of family members can be a challenge. Here are some tips from dietician Megan Pentz-Kluyts. Financial wellness » Money disappointments Investment tips Financially freaked out? High debt may have negative health consequences A new study found that high financial debt is associated with higher blood pressure and poorer general and mental health in young adults.