If this is an emergency, please call 000 immediately.
What is an eye injury?
Act with extreme urgency (within seconds) if it is a heat or chemical burn.
The eyes are the most sensitive and delicate organs in the body and are easily injured. An eye injury is a trauma or damage to the eye caused by a direct blow to the eye.
This guide is regularly updated and aligns with the current edition of Australian First Aid (4th edition, 7/2011)
Signs and Symptoms
- Sensitivity to light
- Swollen or spasming eyelids
- Inability to open the eye
- Injuries around the eye
What to do
Do not try to remove an object that is embedded in, or protruding from, the eye.
Cover the injured eye only, with one or more sterile pads, avoiding any protruding object.
Do not put direct pressure on the eyeball.
Help the patient to lie down in a comfortable position on their back.
Ask the patient to try not to move their eyes.
Seek medical aid.