In an age where traveling to work for long hours is normality, people are on the roads wading through the pollution day-in and day-out. Humankind and animals at par are forced to inhale fumes comprising of harmful gases exhausted by the vehicles. This air polluted with dust particles and toxic gases, not only harms the lungs but has a dire effect on the skin and eyes too. With the absolute state of pollution contact, humanity has come up with various products to defense itself. One such product is the antipollution mask that promises to filter 90-98% of the dust and harmful particles from the air. The other invention is the eyewash cup, which helps in flushing out any foreign particles that might have entered the eyes. One might wonder, what is the need for an eye wash cup? When I can cup my hand and fill it with water, into which I could immerse my affected eye. But when you are driving your bike, and some foreign body particle enters your eyes, then you need first to rinse your hand with soap, to avoid dirt from your hand getting into your eyes. By the time you have thoroughly cleaned your hands, the dirt particle would have caused enough damage to your eyes.Then you are forced to go around with Red Eyes for the rest of the day; it might even result in eye infection if more dust particles enter the eyes and you end up seeing a doctor. Here is where the tiny-winy eye wash cup comes handy. Eye Wash Cup is designed in a curve to fit snug next to your eye, to avoid leakage, Made of Clear plastic it helps to refresh red, tired eyes. It safely flushes out debris. Either you can wash your eyes with plain clean water, or you could go for eyewash solution, which is nothing but saline distilled water.
How to use an Eyewash cup
An eyewash cup holds a sterile solution used to irrigate contamination and bacteria from the eye area. Until the development of eye drops, The history of eyecups dates back to the 16th century where it was extensively used. Very similar to contact lenses, these eyewash cups come in two ranges, one being the disposable or single-use cups, while the other is the modern version of reusable cups. The very first eye wash cup was made of glass, and then by the start of the twentieth century, Aluminium Cups started appearing on the market. Some of the eyewash cups were attached to the cap of the eyewash solution bottles. Eyewash solutions are usually salty water, but there are some solutions with mild boric acid which acts as a mild antibiotic that gives some relief when there is some irritation due to fungus or bacteria.
To flush the eye using an eye wash cup, one should first remove contact lenses and then rinse with the preferred sterile Eye Wash solution in the container. The cup must be filled and pressed in the area around the eye, thus sealing the eye. You must then tilt your head back, allowing the solution to flow over the eyeball. It helps to roll the eye around in the socket to flush it thoroughly. Once the eye is cleaned, the solution and disposable cup should be disposed, or in case of a reusable container, must be rinsed with more eyewash solution and stored.
A clean and undamaged eye wash cup, particularly those made of glass, should be good enough to use with a modern solution. One-use disposable eyewash cups are available in Medical shops or online stores from companies that sell pharmaceutical products and first aid supplies. They are typically made of plastic and sometimes come packaged with emergency eyewash solutions meant to be placed in industrial settings.