Most eye injuries
are minor, like getting soap in the eye or a speck of dirt under the eyelid. Others,
like those that happen during sports activities or from a fall, can be serious and
need medical attention.
Signs and Symptoms
redness around or in the eye
stinging or burning
sensitivity to light
swelling of the eyelids
discoloration around the eye
What to Do
If you think your child has a particle in the eye or a minor irritation, be sure
Wash your hands before touching the eye area.
Flush the eye with water as soon as possible:
Tilt your child's head over a basin or sink with the injured eye pointed down.
Gently pull down the lower lid.
Gently pour a steady stream of lukewarm water over the eye.
Flush the eye for up to 15 minutes, checking every 5 minutes to see if the foreign
body has been flushed out.
Get Medical Care if Your Child Has:
been struck in the eye with a ball or other object
a red or irritated eye
a swollen, red, or painful area around the eye or eyelid