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What are the causes chemical eye burns?

What are the causes chemical eye burns?

Alkalis, organics: The two most common things which cause serious problems are lye burns (alkalis) and organic chemicals like gasoline, and cleaning solutions. If your eye is exposed immediately flush with water for 10-15 minutes and then seek medical attention. Do not go to an er first as the immediate flushing can be amazingly vision saving. ...Read more

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What's the definition of a chemical eye burns?

What's the definition of a chemical eye burns?

Caustic eye injury: The pH of the eye is 7.4, so if a chemical is too acidic or too basic, it can damage the eye if it gets in. It damages the surface of the eye ( a 'burn' ) and can lead to permanent scarring. If you ever get a chemical in your eye that causes instant pain, make sure you pour water in your eye immediately to dilute the chemical and minimize damage. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of chemical eye burns?

Pain, light sensitiv: Most chemical burns to the eye are painful and cause immediate damage with astounding firing of the nerves on the surface of the eye. A few, like lye, may not be nearly as painful but are in fact among the most serious. If untreated, the pain can worsen, the cornea turn opaque and vision seriously threatened. ...Read more

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How are eye burns caused by chemicals diagnosed?

How are eye burns caused by chemicals diagnosed?

History, examination: Most who damage their eye with chemicals know what they were using, so a history of the incident is important. Then the eye will be examined under high power to see if the surface has been burned off, or is just damaged, or if the chemical has penetrated into the interior of the eye. Treatment will then be started. Go to an er immediately after flushing the eye. ...Read more

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How can chemical eye burns be prevented?

How can chemical eye burns be prevented?

Eye protection: The use of chemicals that can damage the eyes should be done with eye protection, cautionary activity and constant awareness that these chemicals are dangerous and toxic. There is no way to pre-treat the eye except for protective goggles. If you deal with these regularly, then an eyewash should be close at hand. No matter what the chemical, first flush the eye 10-15 minutes and then to er. ...Read more

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Could a sea salt eye flush heal chemical burns?

Could a sea salt eye flush heal chemical burns?

Would not : Remember the old adage of rubbing salt in a wound? Use only saline if you use a salt containing product but clear clean water is the best. Mild cleansing with mild soap and water will help keep the bacterial load down. See your doctor for complete care. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there a way to repair damage to the eye caused by "chemical burn"?

Is there a way to repair damage to the eye caused by "chemical burn"?

Yes: The repair depends on what damage was done. See a corneal specialist for evaluation of your injury. ...Read more

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Is there a way to repair damage to the eye caused by a chemical burn?

Is there a way to repair damage to the eye caused by a chemical burn?

Yes: But it depends on how much damage, what type of chemical, and other factors. A mild burn that causes no sight-threatening damage can be left alone. Severe burns with significant damage can sometimes require very extensive surgical reconstruction. ...Read more

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I read if you put toothpaste on a pimple it will go away so I tried it on my cheek a little bit under my eye and it gave me a chemical burn ?

I read if you put toothpaste on a pimple it will go away so I tried it  on my cheek a little bit under my eye and it gave me a chemical burn ?

Not recommended: Using toothpaste on an already inflamed pimple can cause more redness and irritation. ask your doctor for a better solution. Take care. ...Read more

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