Chemical Eye Injury Treatment
Treatment for mild chemical conjunctivitis includes continuous eye irrigation with tap water or eyewash solution. It's important that the irrigation also remove any chemical from the surrounding skin of the face. Artificial tears eyedrops may help reduce irritation after irrigation.
Treatment of mild chemical conjunctivitis includes:
- Removal of the chemical
- Irrigation with water or eyewash for at least 10 minutes
- Artificial tears to lubricate the eye
Emergency treatment is required for those who are exposed to strong acids or alkalies, or have ongoing pain after initial irrigation. Treatment requires continuous irrigation with either tap water or an eyewash solution. If possible, irrigation should continue during transport to a hospital.
Hospital care for severe chemical conjunctivitis may include:
- Continued irrigation
- Antibiotic eye drops
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
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