I was cleaning a valve cover and stupid me wasn’t wearing any eye protection, ended up spraying right back at my eye with a little splash. My eye doesn’t hurt, but my contact was completely dried up, which may be because my contact took the impact.
Also, is it a bad thing that no less than 2 seconds after this happened, this song played?
My physics classes and Chemistry classes in collage had emergency eye-wash and shower right in the middle of lab. No door…just a curtain to pull around. Never seen it used though. If an accident happened they needed to take care of it immediately - sometimes within seconds. All the professors and lab techs were thoroughly trained on how to use it.
I hope you rinsed out the eye. If you don’t want to put your eye under the faucet, put your face in a bowl of water and open the eye. Agitate the water by blinking. Just like swimming in the pool. You might also look in the mirror to see if the sprayed eye is a different color than the unsprayed eye. If you can’t tell because of the lighting (try a flashlight), ask your wife or a friend to check for you.
I once splashed a little bleach in my eye while cleaning in the bathroom.
Luckily the shower head is a wand on a hose.
Leaned over the bath tub and sprayed cold water up into the eye for 15-20 minutes.
I promptly bought a 6-pack of safety glasses and keep a pair in every room that has something I don’t want to get in my eyes.
No excuse when they’re always at arms reach.
Showers, bubblers, safety glasses, and even hearing protection are relatively new things that weren’t around 50 years ago. I still forget to put the glasses on sometimes and over the years have gotten Gunk engine cleaner, rifle cleaning solvent, metal and wood shavings, plain old stuff from the snow blower, and probably more that I don’t remember. I don’t have a bubbler but I keep eye wash handy.
I guess it’s always better to go to the doctor if there is any question. I did develop conjunctivitis from the rifle solvent and needed medical attention. I went to the doctor with a wood spec in my eye once and the guy worked on me for an hour and finally gave up. I said just freeze the eye and pick it out but he was afraid to or didn’t know what I was talking about. I got it out on my own afterwards. I went to a small town doc with a spec in the blue one night and it was 10 minutes and I was out of there. Just froze the eye and picked it out with a swab. So I’ve had limited success and best just to remember to wear the glasses. You never know who you will get in the ER.
Safety glassed are dangerous, especially when combined with a hard hat. As a truck driver I frequently went into plants where they gave you a hard hat and safety glasses. Nobody bothered you to wear them if you stayed in the lading dock area. I was stuck oer lunchtime at a Lindy Air plant and told the shipping clerk I would follow him to the cafeteria and get some lunch. He said OK but you have to wear the hat and glasses ib the plant.
Because of the rim of the glasses I did not see a flat steel bar sticking into the walkway so I tripped on it. I would have recovered my balance except for the weight of the hard hat, so I fell and sprained my wrist. I never missed any time, I can drive and shift a 13 speed road range without my left hand. I had a leather wrist support I kept in my pocket until I got out of the terminal.