Q. Could single use of pepper spray cause permanent damage to eyes?

Answered by
Dr. Vaibhev Mittal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Feb 24, 2017 and last reviewed on: Nov 07, 2019

Hi doctor,

Could an accidental use of pepper spray cause any permanent harm to eyes?

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Ophthalmology (Eye Care)
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Hello,

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  • Yes, it may cause permanent harm. But, the injury depends on the type of damage done to the eye.
  • Otherwise, it can be washed immediately and get the treatment done to prevent any permanent damage.

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Hi doctor,

I guess a single incident of pepper spray in the eye does not cause permanent damage. But, I want to know in general cases.

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Ophthalmology (Eye Care)
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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • In the majority of cases, there will not be any damage because we have so many protective shields in the eye like eyelids, lashes, tears, etc., to guard against such chemicals.
  • Lids close very fast without our permission in case of any danger and tears will flush the spray which enters the eye. So with this protection, the eyes are safe.
  • In rare cases, it may cause damage to the cornea and may cause damage to the vision.
  • Having said that, I recommend to wash eyes with water in such incident and consult a local ophthalmologist immediately.

For further information consult an eye care ophthalmologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/eye-care-ophthalmologist

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