Flushing the Eye

Flushing the eye with water is the most important first-aid step for a burn to the eye. You can use any of these methods to flush the eye. Remove contact lenses first, if you can, and then hold your eyelids open while you: Stand under a shower with open eyes. Put your face under a running faucet. Use a kitchen sink…

Flushing the Eye

Flushing the Eye

Flushing the eye with water is the most important first-aid step for a burn to the eye.

You can use any of these methods to flush the eye. Remove contact lenses first, if you can, and then hold your eyelids open while you:

  • Stand under a shower with open eyes.
  • Put your face under a running faucet.
  • Use a kitchen sink sprayer at low pressure.
  • Immerse your face in a sink or pan filled with water.
  • Run water from a garden hose over your eye (do not use the spray nozzle).
  • Pour water from a pitcher or jug over your eye.

Do not use alcohol to flush the eye.

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Current as ofJune 26, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

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