The eye injuries fiberglass exposure can lead to might be permanent
If you sleep on a Nectar or Ashley Furniture mattress that is leaking fiberglass or spend time in a room where there is fiberglass in the air, tiny shards of glass might come into contact with your eyes, causing irritation. However, keep in mind that this is the best-case scenario, as in severe cases, bigger and sharper pieces of glass might become embedded in one of your eyes, requiring immediate medical assistance. If you are in the latter situation, you must never attempt to take out the glass from your eye with blades, tweezers, or brushes, as this will cause more harm than good. Only medical professionals can treat eye injuries caused by fiberglass correctly and safely.
Furthermore, if you have a burning sensation in your eye after exposure to the fiberglass from a mattress, you also need to go to the emergency room and avoid rubbing your eye, as this can cause the fibers of glass to further injure your eyeball. Rubbing or scratching your eye might cause the fiberglass to damage the cornea. These are the eye injuries exposure to the fiberglass in a Nectar of Ashley Furniture mattress can cause:
- corneal abrasion
- eye swelling
- subconjunctival hemorrhage
- traumatic iritis
- lacerations to the eyelids
- lacerations to the cornea
- acute hyphema
- foreign bodies in the eye
- punctured eyeball
Even if your eye injury was mild, we still advise you to file a claim with Nectar or Ashley Furniture, as they failed to warn consumers of the dangers of fiberglass exposure, and those injured are thereby entitled to financial compensation. Not only will the money we will help you obtain cover your medical expenses, but the mere act of filing a claim will hold the manufacturer responsible and hopefully deter it from releasing defective products on the market.
How exposure to fiberglass from a mattress causes eye injuries
After you remove the outer cover of a Nectar of Ashley Furniture mattress, the layer of fiberglass will be exposed. With the slightest disturbance, it will release fiberglass into the air. The particles of glass will linger in the atmosphere, and if you spend time in that room, some will unavoidably reach your eyes. If there is plenty of ventilation in that room, the danger of experiencing a more serious eye injury is greater, as the bigger shards of glass will also float in the air and might become embedded in your eye tissue.
To protect your injured eye until you receive the medical care you need, you will have to cover the eye with a hollow cup and tape it in place. This rule applies to any foreign object that became embedded in your eye. Do not try to pull the shards of glass out or to flush it out. It is also important to keep in mind that not all hospitals offer emergency care for eye trauma, so it would be ideal if you could call ahead to make sure the one you intend to go to provides it.