If you’ve sprayed perfume in your eyes, you know it’s an unpleasant experience. Aside from the intense burning and stinging, it’s also irritating and frustrating. But don’t worry — here’s what to do if you ever find yourself in this situation.
First of all, don’t panic; it’s rather common and happens a lot. You don’t need to wait for discomfort or pain to subside; you can resolve the problem independently using First Aid.
Here are some tips that you can use to help you relieve eye irritation and pain, plus some advice on how to avoid it happening in the first place. Keep reading for more information!
Here’s what to do if you sprayed perfume into your eyes
Immediately wash your affected eye with a gentle stream of cold water or eye drops. You can also use a cold compress to alleviate the burning sensation. If you continue to feel the burning or the irritation persists, you must seek urgent medical attention.
Read on to know what else you can do and learn how to prevent this from happening again.
3 things NOT to do if you get perfume in your eye
- Don’t Rub: Rubbing your eye could push it deeper into your eye, causing more pain.
- Don’t Tilt Your Head Back: Tilt your head forward to ensure that as little of your eye as possible is exposed to air.
- Don’t Use Any Ointments or Creams: Creams and ointments can irritate your eyes even further.
What you should know about perfume
Perfume is a concentrated aromatic solution containing volatile aroma compounds from natural sources, essential oils, or synthetics.
Most perfumes also contain alcohol, the concentration of which may vary depending on the type of product.
When sprayed directly on the sensitive areas of your body, like eyes, these compounds can be harmful and lead to inflammation, irritation, and burning sensation if not treated immediately with appropriate precautions.
When you get perfume in your eyes, it may cause damage to the cornea. If you do experience serious or very painful symptoms, you ought to seek medical treatment right away.
A perfume allergy is more common than you think
People sometimes get allergic reactions to perfume, and unfortunately, it’s not as uncommon as you would think. It is most common amongst women than men.
Allergic reactions occur when your immune system identifies a substance as a threat and mounts an attack against it. In some cases, symptoms are mild and can be easily treated at home; in others, they’re more severe and immediate medical attention is needed.
Make sure you check your fragrance labels carefully for anything that contains one or more known allergens before applying.
What are some common signs of eye irritation?
Some common causes of eye irritation include redness, stinging, and tearing, including allergy, infection, and irritants. An allergic reaction may cause your eyelids to swell and itch. Perfume in your eye may cause a severe allergic reaction that may lead to blurred vision or temporary blindness.
You may experience a strong urge to rub your eyes when you’re having an allergic reaction to swollen or clogged eyelids.
However, rubbing only worsens your symptoms by causing further inflammation and making it harder for fluid released from blood vessels to drain appropriately.
If the pain or discomfort is serious, you will need to seek medical attention and you may be given antibiotic eye drops to prevent infection. You may also be prescribed oral pain medication and dilating eye drops.
Can Spraying Perfumes on Your Eyes Make You Blind?
This is incredibly unlikely, even in most severe cases. It depends on how much perfume goes into your eyes, but spraying strong fragrances into your eyes can result in severe enough irritation to cause corneal burns. In extreme cases, it can even lead to loss of vision.
The eyes are sensitive and full of small blood vessels that, when irritated, can cause a condition called conjunctivitis. So spraying perfumes directly near your eyes is not just uncomfortable. It is classified as chemical eye injury and it can be particularly dangerous.
If you find yourself with severe eye pain, burns, or vision loss after inadvertently squirting perfume or cologne into your eyes, seek medical attention immediately.
Preventative measures before spraying perfume
- Fragrance must be sprayed directly onto these areas of our body; keep away from sensitive spots such as the face, neck, mouth, and hands whenever you are using fragrance.
- If you’re planning on wearing some strong cologne, there are some ways to prevent getting a whiff of your favorite fragrance by accident. First, before spraying, turn your head away and spray it at least six inches away from your face. This will reduce any chance of accidentally spraying your eyes.
- Consider decanting your perfumes into smaller bottles so that they’re not easy to spray onto all your clothes accidentally.
- Remember to always wash your hands before applying scented products – it can avoid skin irritations like rashes or even an allergic reaction.
- Many people are very sensitive to perfumes, so avoid inhaling any unnecessary doses of scent by holding your breath while spraying a new bottle of perfume.
Did your child spray perfume in their eyes?
If your child accidentally sprays perfume in their eyes, immediately rinse the eyes out with clean water. You can also rinse it out with a saline solution, which you can make at home by mixing one teaspoon of salt into eight ounces of warm water.
Repeat this process until the perfume residue has been completely rinsed out of the eye. You may also use eyewash to remove the perfume from the affected eye.
The best way to prevent this problem is to keep perfume bottles away from children’s reach. If necessary, keep your perfumes in a locked cabinet or another secure container where no one else will be able to interfere with them easily.
Children are always curious and may use, taste, or swallow anything they find interesting.
Ingredients to worry about in a perfume
There are lots of chemicals used in perfumes and colognes. The main ingredients to worry about in a perfume are acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, and ethanol.
Acetone can cause severe damage if it gets into your eyes, but only at high concentrations. Alcohol content can cause burning or sting in your eyes, which can be worsened by perfumes containing menthol or cinnamon.
It is important to recognize that the chemicals used in perfumes (perfume oils) are harmful and potentially toxic if they come into contact with the eye. In some cases, people may have an allergic reaction to perfume oils, but in most cases, the symptoms are caused by chemical exposure.
Accidentally spraying perfume in your eyes is very common, and in most cases, the irritation and pain will shortly subside. In the meantime, avoid bright light and continue to rinse and apply cool compresses of crushed ice or refrigerated gel eye pads.
Just remember not to take any medications without consulting with your medical expert first—you may exacerbate rather than alleviate your condition.
While most people are unaffected by acute exposures to irritating substances, there is always a chance of exacerbating existing medical conditions or contracting infections. Therefore, seek urgent medical help if the pain or discomfort is serious or continues to worsen.