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Performing an Eye Toilet

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An eye toilet cleanses the eye of discharge. It is performed on an unconscious client or a client who is otherwise unable to cleanse their eye by blinking (e.g. trauma, paralysis and infection).

An eye toilet can be performed on a conscious client prior to them receiving eye drops/ointment, or to soothe an eye irritation.

An eye toilet is commonly performed using a sterile sodium chloride solution in a sterile environment to eliminate the risk of cross infection. The eye needs to be cleansed from the inner canthus (near the nose) to the outer canthus, to reduce the risk of contamination and infection in a client’s nasolacrimal duct and their other eye.

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