We all know that cutting an onion is going to make your eyes tear up and possibly burn. And we know that standing too close to a sizzling pan of bacon could burn you, but did you know that there are specific ways that you should be protecting your eyes from accidents while working in the kitchen. From wearing safety goggles while cooking certain foods to knowing how to flush your eye out, this article will discuss a few ways that you can stay safe while cooking in the kitchen.
Consider Safety Goggles
This may sound like an extreme suggestion, but it is one that may be well worth it. When you are cooking foods that contain a lot of greases like fried chicken or bacon, you are more prone to getting grease splattered on you or even getting it launched into your eyes. That’s why we encourage our patients to wear protective eyewear while cooking these types of foods. Yes, you may look a bit ridiculous, and your family may even tease you a little bit, but protecting your eyes from grease is beyond worth it.
Spices and Spicy Foods
Have you ever cut open a pepper, touched the seeds, and then accidentally rubbed your eye? If so, you know what it can feel like to go from zero to on fire almost instantly. So, what do you do if you get anything spicy in your eyes? Flush them out. To properly flush your eyes, you have a few different options, but one of the simplest ways is to use an eyedropper and continuously drop clean, lukewarm water into your eye until it is all flushed out.
If you are rinsing meat before cooking it or getting ready to boil a large pot of water, you may get a bunch of water all over your face and in your eyes. Although you should be okay, if the water contains any food particles in it, we recommend that you rinse your eyes with some clean, lukewarm water as a preventative tool.
Taking care of your eyes while you cook in the kitchen will help protect you from further injury. If you would like to learn more about these and other tips, contact Dr. Steve Thom’s office today!