Laundry pods have made headlines in the past several years for a number of reasons, including a shocking number of instances with toddlers and young children who mistook these products for candy or some other type of tasty treat. An alarming number of youngsters were seriously injured by eating laundry pods.
What has not been broadly reported is a shocking number of people who’ve suffered eye injuries because of getting household cleaning products, including the content of laundry pods, into their eyes. About 19,000 calls are made annually to poison control centers about household cleaners in peoples’ eyes, including a growing number of individuals who’ve managed to get laundry pod detergent into their eyes. A large percentage of these are young children.
Eye Injuries from Laundry Pods
The spectrum of eye injuries caused by inappropriate exposure to laundry pods include relatively minor, although highly uncomfortable, consequences like irritation and redness. With that noted, there can be far more serious consequences to the contents of a laundry pod getting into a person’s eyes. These include corneal abrasions and severe infections.
Individuals often overlook the fact that the content of laundry pods is highly concentrated detergent, significantly “stronger” and more powerful than what is found in traditionally dispensed laundry care products. As a consequence, the effects of getting the content of a laundry pod in the eye will be substantially more severe than if a person is splashed in the face with detergent from a standard bottle or dispenser.
A large percentage of individuals suffering eye injury from laundry pod detergent are children. Being curious, young children will “play” with laundry pods or even attempt to eat them if left to their own devices. One of the more common ways children end up with laundry pod content in their eyes is by squeezing them, which causes the detergent to spray out.
Fortunately, with proper professional intervention from an eye doctor, the majority of people who get laundry pod detergent in their eyes will not suffer long-term consequences. However, according to a recent study, approximately 12 percent of people whose eyes are doused with laundry pod contents will sustain injury that requires a more extensive course of eye care and treatment.
Keep Your Eyes Healthy
If you or a member of your family gets laundry pod detergent into the eyes, immediately check the label for instructions, which will likely include flushing the eye with water for 10-15 minutes. Then contact a medical professional or poison control center for further assistance. Additionally to keep your eyes healthy, make sure to complete your annual eye exam. If you’re due for an eye exam, you can schedule an appointment with a Matossian Eye Associates eye doctor at your convenience. Simply call (800) 708-8800 or use our request form to book an appointment today. An annual exam is recommended to ensure that all is well with your eyes and to address any issues early on.