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I just got hair dye in my eye. It burned but I flushed it

with water of about a...
I just got hair dye in my eye. It burned but I flushed it with water of about a total of 10 minutes. My eye is very very red and swollen. Should I do more
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Dr. A.S. Desai :

Hair dye into the eye amounts to a chemical injury to the eye. The first measure to be taken here is to give the eye a thorough eye wash , which you have very rightly done.

Customer:

My eye could also be irratated by the massive amounts of water I used.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

In addition to the eye wash start putting lubricating eye drops ( refresh tears/systane) frequently. Though the irritatant would have got flushed out of the eye, its effect may persist for a few hours longer.

Customer:

How frequently do you recommend?

Customer:

Do many people go blind from hair color. If so it would seem that there would be lots of blind people

Customer:

What should I look for if I need to get more help

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Now it would have become more like an allergic reaction( espicially with the redness and swelling). The lubricating eye drops can be put once in 3 hours . No, one would not go blind with a small amount of hair dye entering the eye, thankfully.

Customer:

It was a golb of hair dye, It happened while I was putting it on

Dr. A.S. Desai :

To reduce the allergic symptoms you can put over the counter Alaway/Zaditor ( ketotifen) eye drops , 1 drop twice a day for 2 weeks. It has anti-inflammatory as well as anti-allergy properties.

Customer:

What does systane mean

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Systane is the name of one of the lubricating eye drops .

Customer:

I have Refresh upstairs. Do I need to go to the drugstore tonight

Customer:

Refresh is made by Allergan

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Just look out for symptoms such as persistent watering and pain along with redness in which case it would be better to get the eye examined by an ophthalmologist. You can use the Refresh tears eye drops which you have. Just try with the lubricating eye drops tonight, if the eye is swollen tomorrow the start with Alaway eye drops and if the symptoms of redness persist( along with pain) beyond 5-6 days,then consider a visit to the ophthalmologist. If symptoms begin to reduce then just continue with the above treatment for 2 weeks.

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