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What we are going to look at now are eye injuries. Now, if someone's hurt their eye or injured it, this could be through physical injury, cuts, getting something stuck in the eye, or maybe a chemical in the eye, this can be very, very uncomfortable, very painful, but also very scary. If you take someone's sight away from them, this can be quite a scary thing, so you need to reassure the person at all times. One thing you need to know with eye injuries is your eyes track together. So if you've hurt your right eye and you just cover the right eye, then leave this one open, this eye's still going to be moving because your eyes are always tracking together, even if one is covered over. So it's a good idea if someone has hurt their eyes to maybe just get them to put their hands over their eyes, but both of them, just to keep them still, because we don't want the eyes moving.

If there's something in the eye and you can easily remove it, then do so. Sometimes just folding up the corner of a tissue and rubbing it against the eye, you can just pull out the item of dirt that's there. Also, if someone's got an eye injury, it may be worth asking them if they wear contact lenses. If they do, they're going to need to take these out, particularly with chemicals, because the chemical can get stuck underneath the lens. So if they can get the lenses out, do so. Best to get them to take their own lenses out. It's not easily something that you'll be able to do. So once you've got the lenses out and the eye's ready then you need to try and wash the eye. Now, you can just use water or mineral water just to keep the eye clean, but make sure the water you're putting in that eye is clean. If someone's got chemical in this eye, then don't wash the chemical from this eye to the other one. So just lean the head over and you can push the fluid through.

Now, one thing that you can do to wash the eyes is these. These are Steripods. What you've got inside here is a saline solution. They're very easy to use. All you need to do is just hold the cap, and that will just open up the unit. And then you can allow all the liquid to come out. And it comes out in a short jet. You're not trying to flush hard into the eye, but it will allow you to either drip the fluid out or force it out a little bit more to flush out an eye a little bit stronger. If you do need to put a dressing over an eye, it may be that around the eye, the eyelid has been cut so you can use eye pads. The eye pads are in most first aid kits. All you need to do is open up the packet, again making sure you get your gloves on. If you get your gloves on you're not going to pass any infection into the eye. With these, you can just undo them and then you'll come to the main eye pad. This would go over the eye, and you can tie the bandage around the back of the head.

If it's a cut, then again, remember this covering both eyes, but sometimes you can avoid doing that. Just use your judgement depending on how the eye has been injured. If the eye has been injured you do need to get it checked out by a doctor, because it may well be that you're going to get an infection or there are other complications. So take the person along to the emergency services, or if it is serious then you may need to call 999.