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Wash my eyes with high pressure water of tap everyday. can it make me blind?i can see clearly right now. will i be ok if i i leave this practice now?

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Likely: Yes, likely. There is nothing sterile about tap water. It's also not a good lubricant. For chemical injuries to the eyes, a rapid water flush is advisable. Eyes are self cleaning for the most part. You may lubricate, cleanse the eyelid margins with appropriate eyelid hygiene (OcuSoft lid wipes), and rinse with approved EyeWash for ridding debris. Not a good practice to use your technique.

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Eye washing: I don't think it's advisable or necessary to wash your eyes in that manner, although I doubt the pressure in the tap water is exceedingly high. Nevertheless there is no need to squirt tap water directly into your eyes especially with force. I wouldn't worry about going blind, but more about irritating your eyes with mild trauma and nonsterile water.
Last updated Jul 15, 2019


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