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How To Flush Eyes


Updated June 09, 2014

Flushing the eyes with water is the preferred treatment to remove foreign objects or chemical contamination from the eyes.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 20 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Stay Safe. If you are not the victim, practice universal precautions and wear personal protective equipment if available.


  2. If an eyewash station is available, use it. If not, a garden hose held vertically so the water is flowing straight up is ideal. If a garden hose is not available, eyes can be flushed under the facet in the kitchen or bathroom sink.


  3. Keep the eyes open at all times. Flushing the eyes with them closed does not do anything.


  4. Always flush both eyes to avoid washing the object or contamination to the unaffected eye. If using a sink facet, have the victim hold his or her head so that the affected eye is lower than the unaffected eye.


  5. Flush both eyes for at least 20 minutes.


  6. If there is still irritation or vision loss after flushing the eyes, take the victim to medical treatment.


What You Need:

  • Lots of water
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