Eye Wounds and Embedded Objects
Cuts to the eye can be very frightening and even small, difficult to notice injuries are potentially very serious. However, medical treatments mean that even injuries that appear to be very severe may not necessarily result in the loss of sight in the eye. Do not touch the afficted eye.
Signs and symptoms of eye wounds
Prevent further injury and get medical help as soon as possible.
Do not attempt to remove any object embedded in the eye. If the object is very long, then gently support it to prevent movement at its base. If small, ensure that the pad you place over the eye does not push it in any further.
Treating an object embedded in the wound
The first step in the treatment of any external bleeding is to check the extent of the injury and see if there is anything embedded in the wound.
If the casualty is impaled on something which cannot be moved, support him or her to stop them from pulling on the impaled object and causing further damage. Where possible, treat the casualty as described above, and ensure that the emergency services are aware of the need for cutting equipment. For further information on impalement.
If there is something stuck into the injury, do not attempt to remove it because:
The principles of applying pressure and elevating and treating for shock still apply.
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