Responding to Eye Injuries

Learn how to respond and treat eye injuries...


Posted in this May's edition of Occupational Health & Safety Magazine is an article by the American Academy of Ophthalmology that offers recommendations regarding different types of eye injuries.
"While most eye injuries are preventable, freak accidents can happen anywhere, "said Richard Bensinger, M.D., a Seattle-area ophthalmologist. "Like any other injury, the faster you get the proper medical treatment, the better your chances of avoiding further injury. In many cases, prompt and correct treatment can mean the difference between sight and blindness."
"The best way to treat eye injuries is to avoid them," Bensinger added. "So if you are going to be in a place where you may be at risk for eye injury, take the proper steps, including wearing proper eye safety glasses or goggles that can protect your eyes." Situations where you may be at risk for eye injury include while you are at work or during sports or recreational activities, yard work or hobbies.
For all eye injuries:
  • Do not touch, rub or apply pressure to the eye. 
  • Do not try to remove the object stuck in the eye. 
  • See a doctor as soon as possible. 

If your eye has been cut or punctured:

  • Gently place shield or cup over eye. 
  • Do not rinse with water. 
  • Do not remove the object stuck in eye. 
  • Do not rub or apply pressure to eye. 
  • After you have finished shielding, see a physician immediately. 
For more information on treating eye injuries, visit the Academy's Web site at
Also see OHSA's Eye and Face Protection eTool at