Eye injuries at home

Did you know that over 50% of eye injuries happen at home or in the garden? These can vary from simple bumps and bruises, to chemical burns, corneal abrasions and foreign bodies in your eye. 
Now that Spring is upon us, and we are all thinking about getting out in our garden, this is something that we need to keep in mind.
If you get an injury while at home our advice would always be to come in and get it checked with our Optometrists.  However, you can do a couple of simple things at home to ease your discomfort and prevent infection. FIrstly, if you feel there is something in your eye (either liquid or solid) then continue to rinse it out with sterile water until you can get in to see us.  Do not physically try to remove the object if it is not easily washed out.  This may lead to a more complicated injury. Secondly, apply a cold compress to the area, and finally take some over the counter pain relief to manage the discomfort.
The easiest and best way to avoid eye injury is to wear eye protection for home and garden tasks, but if you do find yourself with an injury then you know where to come.
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