How long do chemical eye burns last?

Three weeks after a chemical injury occurs, the healing process begins in the late reparative phase. This stage is characterized by the completion of healing with a good visual prognosis (grades I and II) and complications in people with a poor visual prognosis (grades III and IV). Chemical eye burns can cause serious eye damage, including loss of vision. Prompt treatment is critical to help minimize the effects.

If you have a chemical eye injury, let us know as soon as possible so that Dr. Cohlmia can meet you at the nearest emergency center. If your eye is exposed to chemicals, the most important way to limit damage is to start rinsing it with water right away. Use a strong, consistent stream of clean water.

Arrange for an immediate evaluation by a doctor. Continue rinsing until you are ready to start.

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