December 28, 2019
During the holiday season, eye emergency cases tend to increase due to the use of pyrotechnics, home accidents, excessive alcohol intake, and street fights. Here lies the importance of preventing risk situations that may cause vision loss. Verónica Talavera, Ophthalmologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma, clears some myths about how to provide first aid for eyes.
Myth 1: Avoid rubbing the eye in any situation.
True. If the eyes come into contact with any chemical substance (acids or cleaning products), try to keep them open and wash them with plenty of water for at least 30 minutes. The water jet must be thin; otherwise, it could injure the eyes more. Move the eyeball in all directions to make sure it is rinsing properly. Take off clothing that may contain chemicals and go to the nearest health care center.
Myth 2: It is common for small objects to enter.
False. Small particles of glass, wood, cement, metal or fibers can cause serious eye damage. Never rub your eyes or let the victim touch his/her eyes, much less try to remove the foreign object using force or pressing with your fingers, as this could damage the cornea and cause further damage. It is also not recommended to use eye drops or ointments. The right thing to do is to visit the ophthalmologist immediately.
Myth 3: Having red eyes should not be a cause of concern.
False. Because eye irritation has a cause, and some are very serious that must be immediately addressed, it is very important to visit the ophthalmologist when this symptom occurs, especially if it suddenly appears, accompanied by blurred vision and eye discomfort. You should not let it pass. It is not advisable to use eye drops without a prescription since the problem could become complicated. Self-medication is not an option.
Dr. Veronica Talavera
Ophthalmologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma