A genuinely innovative emergency eyewash product has been launched into the UK, providing one-handed sterile eye rinsing with no assistance required.
Eyeaid is the world’s first emergency eyewash to boast its unique ‘eye opener’ design, which means the affected eyes can be kept open and cleaned without using fingers or gloves, avoiding further contamination.
S.E.A. Distribution has introduced Eyeaid to the UK market. S.E.A. Distribution’s Director, Richard Eltze, says: “We know that eye safety is of critical importance, particularly in work environments where exposure to dust, chemicals and other contaminants is a risk. Fast, efficient treatment can help to avoid lasting damage to the eyes. Eyeaid is remarkable in this respect. It is incredibly simple to use, combining its eye-opening wings with aerosol-based delivery to allow an individual to completely rinse their eyes on their own.”
Wings keep eyes open
Eyeaid is housed in a 250ml aerosol bottle, with a 100ml variant available for ultra-mobile use. Both versions utilise the distinctive ‘eye opener’ wings.
Christina Frederiksen is CEO of Help Care Company, the inventor and manufacturer of Eyeaid. She says the product concept came out of research which showed that, when a foreign object or substance makes contact with the eye, the most efficient first aid procedure is to ensure the eyelids are kept open as long as possible during rinsing – but that runs the risk of recontamination from hands or gloves. That’s why the Eyeaid wings were designed. But that wasn’t the end of the innovation.
“With most emergency eyewashes, the user is required to tilt their head backward to apply the rinsing fluid to the eye,” Frederiksen says. “That requires a lot more water flow into the eyes in order to remove the contamination, and it risks those contaminants becoming trapped behind the eye. Because Eyeaid is an aerosol spray the user can lean forward, using the force of gravity to more quickly empty the rinsing fluid from the eyes, along with the contaminant.”
Simultaneous eye washing
Another advantage of Eyeaid’s unique design is that the affected individual can rinse both eyes at the same time if needed, with no additional help required.
“For most chemicals, the recommended eye rinsing time is 15 minutes,” Frederiksen says. “Eyeaid provides that full 15 minutes of rinsing in each 250ml bottle, so there’s no need to change bottles during the rinsing process.”
Eltze explains: “Eyeaid is commonly used in laboratories, educational establishments, on construction sites, in work areas with the potential for chemical exposure – anywhere, in fact, that there is a risk to the eyes. For employers who are responsible for ensuring the safety of their staff and actively preventing the risk of eye damage or loss of sight, Eyeaid is ideal. We’re excited to be able to bring such a simple and effective product to the UK.”
To celebrate the launch of Eyeaid in the UK, S.E.A. Distribution is offering an exclusive limited time discount for IOSH members. The Eyeaid BASIC box – a wall-mountable, one-hand-operable mobile wash station including two 250ml Eyeaid eye wash bottles – is available with a 30% discount until the end of February as part of this introductory offer.