Remember to cover both eyes even if only one eye is injured. When one eye
moves, the other eye duplicates its movement.
c. Tell the patient not to squeeze eyelids together.
d. Do not apply pressure to eyeball and be especially reassuring to the patient.
TREAT AN EYE INJURY OF A PROTRUDING OBJECT
a. Place padding around the impaled object. Use very clean cloth material and
fold to fit eye area for padding (see figure 4-2).
Figure 4-2. Padding around impaled object
Be especially careful not to apply pressure to the eyeball and do not put
pressure on object with padding.
b. Build up padding until it prevents the object(s) from moving. Use tape to hold
padding in place.
c. Instruct the casualty to not squeeze his eyelids together.
d. Place an eye pad on uninjured eye to restrict movement. Apply a second pad
so that both eyes are covered).
e. Cut dressing partially through so it will fit around object, this will depend on
location of impaled object and will keep object from being pushed further into eye.
f. Apply a second dressing so that both eyes are covered. Secure dressing.
Leave the good eye uncovered in hazardous surroundings long enough to