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Chemicals in eyes


Phone 111 immediately and ask for an ambulance if the chemical is causing burning or stinging in the person's eyes. Make sure not to rub the affected eye(s). Rinse or flush the affected eye(s) with warm tap water for 10 to 20 minutes.

Give the chemical container to the ambulance team when they arrive.

How do I know if someone has chemicals in their eyes?

Ask the person what has happened. If they have spilled or splashed chemicals into their eyes they will experience one or more of the following:

How can I help someone who has chemicals in their eyes

To wash an eye

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Ophthalmology, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed May 2017.

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Review key: HIFAD-141030