Eyes are the most sensitive parts of human body and any small particle can affect them. In your daily chores, you deal with various things which may affect your eyes. Sand, dust due, pepper and other small particles often get into your eyes and cause a lot of discomfort. It’s always good to wear glasses in working environment and in traffic. Eyes have a property of producing tears to flush out the unwanted things. But, sometimes this is just not enough. You need to wash your eyes with water to get rid of the unwanted particles that cause irritation in eyes. Here are some techniques that will help you do that.
Complexity Level: Basic
Time Required: 5-7 minutes
- A cup of lukewarm water
- An eye sized cup
- A very wide bowl
- A clean cloth
- Table salt
- Eye cleaning drops (optional)
1. Go for a well lit place
- First find a place which is well lit with a mirror like a bathroom or wash basin etc. This helps you remove the particles carefully.
- To make sure that your hands are clean, rinse your hands thoroughly with antiseptic soap or antibacterial soap. Also, make sure that there is no soap left on your hand because soap causes burning sensation in eyes.
2. Using a wide bowl
- Find a bowl which has a very wide opening so that you can fit your face in it.
- Fill the bowl with lukewarm water. Too hot or too cold water may hurt your eyes. So, make sure of temperature of water. Fill the water to 2-3 inches below the base so that water doesn’t overflow when you keep your face in it.
- Now dip your face in the water. Blink several times and rotate your eye in circular pattern.
3. Using a eye sized cup
- Find a cup that is perfect to the size of your eye and fill it with lukewarm water.
- Tie a towel around your neck to help yourself from getting wet from spilling water.
- Now slowly tilt your head onto the cup, hold the cup against the eye and then tilt your head again such that your eye (and cup) faces upwards.
- Blink the eye several times and rotate your eyeball.
4. Using a cloth
- Many people feel very uncomfortable to get water in their eye. For those people, this method is strongly recommended.
- Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and add a pinch of salt (usually 1 teaspoon).
- Now take a clean cloth, dip it in water and dab against your eye.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How to remove something from eye?
When something goes into your eye then first don’t rub your eye. Instead find a place, wash your hands with soap and hold your eye wide open by pulling the lids. Flush the water against your eye for 30 seconds or so. Seek an emergency if you are not able to clean the thing of your eye.
2. How warm should the water be?
Water should always be between hot and cold. Eye are very delicate and extreme temperatures are harmful for them. Make sure that water is lukewarm.
3. Can these methods be applied to conjunctivitis?
Yes, this treatment can also be used during conjunctivitis. This is usually caused by exposure of conjunctiva to bacteria. Washing eyes with lukewarm water during this allergy cleans bacteria from your eyes.
- If problem exists in your eyes then use different solution or different cloth for each eye, prevent swapping bacteria from one eye to another.
- Never rub your eye when something gets into it. Instead, wash the eye with water.
Things To Watch Out For:
- Too hot or too cold water could harm your eyes.
- Don’t use too much of salt as this may break cells inside the eye.