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First aid for eye Injuries

After reading information about how common eye injuries can be for workers in the U.S., I wanted to arm you with some information on what you can do if you are unfortunate enough to experience an eye injury on the job (Source: VSP and the Department of Labor). These are just some tips and suggestions for you.  Hopefully, you will never have to use them but better to be safe than sorry!

Specks in the eye:

(typically dust or metal shavings)

  • DO NOT rub the eyeshutterstock_316262462
  • Flush the eye with water
  • See a doctor if the speck does not come out or if redness and pain continue

Cuts, punctures, or foreign objects in the eye:

  • DO NOT wash out or flush the eye
  • DO NOT try to remove the object
  • Seek IMMEDIATE medical attention

Blows to the eye:

  • Lightly apply a cold compress over the injured eye
  • Seek medical attention if blood or discoloration appears in the eye or if pain continues

Chemical burns of the eye:

  •  Flush the eye IMMEDIATELY
  • Continue flushing (even over contact lenses) for at least 15 minutes
  • Seek IMMEDIATE medical attention

EVERYONE PLEASE – WEAR SAFETY GLASSES!!

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About the Author:

The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia workers’ compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.