EMERGENCIES
What to Do in Case of...

Chemical Burns
•    Use your fingers to hold the eye open as wide as possible and immediately flush the eye copiously with water for at 15 minutes.
•    Have information about the product with you and immediately call Info-Santé or go to the nearest emergency department.

Contusions
•    Immediately apply a cold compress or ice pack for 15 minutes to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
•    Blurred eyesight, red eye, lid bruising, or nosebleed can indicate an internal injury. Seek advice from an eyecare professional as soon as possible.

Eyeball or Eyelid Lacerations (cuts)
•    Do not attempt to flush the eye or remove the object.
•    Never press on or rub the eye.
•    Lightly bandage the lacerated eye or lid. Seek immediate attention from a physician or eyecare professional.

Foreign Bodies
•    Do not rub your eye.
•    Blink your eyes repeatedly to let the eye sweep away the particle.
•    If that does not work, flush your eye copiously with water.
•    If the trouble persists, keep your eye closed and seek immediate attention from a physician or eyecare professional.

Practical Advice about...

Your Child's Eyesight

To determine the best reading distance for your child, have them place a closed fist on their forehead above the eye. The point at the end of the elbow is the correct distance.
UV Light
•    Although invisible, UV light is harmful, causing lesions that can be irreversible if adequate eye-protection is not worn.
•    Anyone working outside—in the city or country—is exposed to UV radiation and must wear protective lenses. This holds true for people exposed to artificial high-UV light, such as photographers and laboratory workers. Be aware of the dangers of using sun beds.

Did You Know That...
•    UV light levels increase by 10% with every 1000 m in elevation!
•    Snow reflects 80% of UV light but the ocean only 20%!
If You Spend a Lot of Time at Your Computer
•    When working at a computer or watching television, you tend not to blink, which dries the cornea and often results in eye irritation. So, remember to blink: it will help make things better.
•    Moreover, your eyes strain when focusing on close objects. Raise your eyes often and look at distant objects. Distance vision is restful for your eyes.
Caring for...

Your Glasses
•    Never leave your glasses on your car's dash or a heater. It will damage your glasses’ scratch-resistance treatment and your lenses will look like they are peeling from a sunburn.
•    See your eyecare specialist as soon as possible if you experience pain on your nose or behind your ears. Properly adjusted frames will eliminate the problem and prevent it from becoming more serious.
Contact Lenses
•    Microorganisms can grow in your contact lens case, so you should change cases at least three or four times a year to avoid the risk of irritation and infection.
•    Disposable contact lenses also require daily care. Rub them at night with an all-in-one solution and your lenses will always be clean and clear the next morning.