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First Aid for Chemical Splash in Eye

Last updated March 5, 2018

Chemical Splash in Eye is an accidental exposure of the eye/eyeball, to potentially caustic chemicals. The condition may be mild or severe depending on the type of chemical involved and the degree of exposure.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Read This First

All incidences of Chemical Splash in the Eye should be evaluated by a trained medical professional, as soon as possible! DO NOT wait! Failure to obtain evaluation as soon as possible may result in serious injury or death. Call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately, if you suffer Chemical Splash in the Eye.

What is Chemical Splash in Eye?

  • Chemical Splash in Eye is an accidental exposure of the eye/eyeball, to potentially caustic chemicals
  • The condition may be mild or severe depending on the type of chemical involved and the degree of exposure

What are the Causes of Chemical Splash in Eye?

The causes of Chemical Splash in Eye could include:

  • Improper handling of chemicals
  • Leaking containers
  • Intentional exposure

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Chemical Splash in Eye?

The signs and symptoms of Chemical Splash in Eye include:

  • Burning or itching eyes
  • Redness and irritation
  • Vision disturbances that include blurred/double vision, loss of vision
  • Pain

How is First Aid administered for Chemical Splash in Eye?

First Aid tips for Chemical Splash in Eye include:

  • DO NOT rub the eyes
  • Immediately wash eyes with cool (tap) water, for about 15-20 minutes
  • If eye wash stations are available nearby or where you work; use them
  • Else, get in the shower and have water flowing from forehead into the eyes, keeping both eyes open with your hands
  • Clean your hands thoroughly to make sure there are no chemicals left on them
  • Remove contact lenses (if any)
  • Seek immediate medical attention
  • Do not apply any eye drops

Who should administer First Aid for Chemical Splash in Eye?

The individual affected by the splash, or any person nearby can administer First Aid.

What is the Prognosis of Chemical Splash in Eye?

The prognosis depends on the chemical one is exposed to, and on the length (time period) of exposure. Hence, immediate administration of First Aid is very important.

How can Chemical Splash in Eye be Prevented?

A few helpful tips to prevent Chemical Splash in the Eye:

  • Wear proper protective gear like goggles, whenever you are handling chemicals
  • Understand and strictly adhere to manufacturer instructions, while handling/pouring/using chemicals

What are certain Crucial Steps to be followed?

  • Wash eyes with water only; or use a proper contact lens solution
  • DO NOT use any kind of eye drops to clean chemicals in the eyes
  • Call 911, or contact emergency medical help

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Reviewed and Approved by a member of the DoveMed Editorial Board
First uploaded: May 28, 2013
Last updated: March 5, 2018

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