How to Get Dirt Out of Your Eye

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Flush out eyes with isotonic solution to remove dirt or debris. Learn how to get dirt out of eyes with the free safety tips in this first aid video from a professional fireman.

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You know, it's a relative inconvenience, and frustrating experience to get something in the eye that needs to be flushed away. Hi, I'm Captain Joe Bruni, and what we're going to talk about is how to properly flush someone who has gotten something in their eye, such as dirt. The very first thing that we would do is obtain, if possible, some type of isotonic solution from a first aid kit, or something that's designed for flushing of the eyes. If none of that is available, placing water inside of some type of spray or squirt bottle that can be used much like a syringe, would be the next step. The patient could be asked to sit in a chair or lie on a couch, and place some type of cloth next to the eye and tilt the head back, while they hold that piece of cloth in place for you, to keep the solution from running into the ear and possibly down their body to wet them. We would turn on a bright light if possible, and open the eye; taking a look to see if we can determine what area there is debris or dirt that needs flushed. We would then open our bottle of isotonic eyewash solution or water, and flush forcefully across the eye, trying to flush the dirt or debris away, constantly viewing to see if we've got everything away. After or so, we would ask the person to blink, dry the side of the face and see if the irritation is gone. If it's not, we would flush for the second time, trying to determine once again where the debris or material is located. If after the second time we haven't dislodged it, or it still feels like there's an irritation going on in there, it may be damage to the cornea or a scratch to the cornea that has occurred. In that situation, the person should be transported to some type medical facility. Flushing of the eye is a simple, easy process, as long as you remember the steps of evaluating the eye, and flushing with an isotonic solution if you have it available. Stay safe. I'm Captain Joe Bruni, and we'll see ya' next time.

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