8 Kitchen Eye Safety Tips

While it’s true that good nutrition is essential for long-term eye health, there can also be a more direct connection between food and kitchen eye safety. Make sure you know how to keep your eyes safe in the kitchen before you spend long hours on holiday meals.
If you do injure yourself, see your ophthalmologist or go to the emergency room if symptoms — like pain, redness, blurred vision, tearing or feeling like there is something in your eye — don’t go away.

Hot Grease in the Eye

Hot cooking oil and grease can easily splatter onto the eye. Prevention is the best strategy. Eye protection can prevent most common eye injuries. But if you’re not willing to wear safety goggles while cooking bacon, at least use a grease shield or lid on the pan.
If hot grease splashes in your eye, flush it out with plenty of water, immediately. This will remove the grease and any particles in it. If there is obvious injury, excessive pain, continuing symptoms or you’re worried about your eye, see an eye doctor as soon as possible. For minor grease splashes, artificial tears may help make you more comfortable. Don’t use anti-redness eye drops. You may be more susceptible to eye infections or other eye injuries while your eye is healing.

Cooking Liquid Splashes

Any liquid that splashes in your eye can be uncomfortable. First, flush the eye out with plenty of water. Food liquids may be somewhat acidic and cause tearing and a burning feeling. Some foods, like raw chicken liquid, can also contain organisms that could cause infection.
Hot liquids also can burn or blister the eye. See an eye doctor right away if you see any damage to your eye or if any of your symptoms continue…….
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Source: Rochester Eye Associates

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