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got a drop of carb cleaner in my eye, flushed it for 15 minutes.

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got a drop of carb cleaner in my eye, flushed it for 15 minutes. should i do anything else
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 6 years ago.

Dr. James :

Hello.

Customer:

hello

Dr. James :

Can you tell me exactly what "carb cleaner" is?

Customer:

cleans carburaters

Dr. James :

How does your eye feel now?
Do you have any change in vision?
How much did you get in your eye?

Customer:

doesn't burn any longer. things maybe a little blurry but not much. eyelid is a little swollen, but not much. think was just a drop. was a back spray

Customer:

white of eye is red

Customer:

also waterying

Dr. James :

I'm unsure of carb cleaner is acid or base, but what happened amounts to a chemical burn to the eye. What you did was the right thing to rinse your eyes out.

If the injury is mild, then all you may need is the rinsing of your eyes.

For more serious injuries, you would need to see an ophthalmologist to check the eye pressure and test the pH of the tears to ensure that all the chemical had been rinse out.

Dr. James :

I would not be able to tell you the severity of your injury for certain.

Customer:

so botXXXXX XXXXXne. do you think i can wait and call the opthamologist tomorrow and make an appointment or should i go to the er

Customer:

are you there?

Dr. James :

Unfortunately, you'll have to decide that for yourself since I'm not able to see your eyes. From what you've said, it appears mild. You should use artificial tears to continue to rinse out your eyes.

Customer:

ok, thank you. appreciate your help

Dr. James :

You're welcome.

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