If your child suffers an eye injury, it’s important that you seek medical help as soon as possible.
If something is stuck in their eye, do not try to remove it. If chemicals or perfume have got into their eye, flush the eye out thoroughly with fresh running water then seek help.
Eye injuries are often preventable and you can help to avoid problems by following a few simple safety tips:
- Avoid toys with sharp points
- Keep chemicals and perfumes securely out of reach, locked in a cupboard or on a high shelf
- Check your garden – make sure there are no sharp edges or exposed screws or nails and cut back shrubs with pointed leaves or low-hanging branches.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that children learn through imitation. Help your child learn healthy habits by demonstrating the right behaviour for safe play and work:
- Wear safety glasses when you work with chemicals and other hazardous materials, and when you do DIY
- Wear brim hat and sunglasses to shield your eyes on bright, sunny days
- Wash your hands often and keep them away from your eyes and nose to prevent the spread of colds and other viruses.