Download the Healthier Together App from the App Store or Google Play.
There are about 1000 serious accidental eye injuries in children in the UK every year. These injuries can range from scratches to the surface of the eye and chemical burns and having foreign objects in the eye.
The advice below should help you decide whether your child’s eye injury requires further help or whether it can be managed by yourself at home.
If your child has any of the following:
You need urgent help
Go to the nearest Hospital Emergency (A&E) Department, phone 999 or the nearest Eye casualty
Please commence the following first aid:
You need to contact a clinician today
Call NHS 111 – dial 111 or go to your nearest Urgent Care Centre / Minor Injury Unit
If none of the above features are present
Continue providing your child’s care at home – see below for tips on managing injuries at home.
If you are still concerned about your child please speak to your local pharmacist or call NHS 111.
How can you care for eye injuries at home?
Wash out the affected eye