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Lemon accidentally got in both eyes, will i be okay? i washed it right after and it stopped stinging. will my vision worsen?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Lemon juice in eyes: Lemon juice is made up citric acid . Quick irrigation was the right thing to do. However, if you do have vision changes i would see an eye doctor immediately.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Fine: You are going to be good, your vision will be ok.
Dr. Philip Kennedy
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Not a problem.: You will be fine. Washing out the offending material was important and prevented any potential damage. You are fine if your vision is normal after washing. Don't worry!
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not to worry: Lemon and lemon products have too low a concentration of anything that might cause any eye damage. It is not too dissimilar from the noxious irritant when cutting onions. You did the right thing by washing out the eye and your vision will not worsen from this. It will be fine and carry on with your life.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Don't worry: Lemon and lemon products have too low a concentration of anything that might cause any eye damage. It is not too dissimilar from the noxious irritant when cutting onions. You did the right thing by washing out the eye and your vision will not worsen from this. It will be fine and carry on with your life.

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