Some common eye injuries, such as deep puncture wounds from accidents, could require immediate treatment or surgery to prevent permanent eye damage resulting in vision loss.
Minor surface scratches, on the other hand, may need only simple monitoring after an initial visit to the eye doctor to make sure complications such as eye infections don’t occur.
This guide to common eye injuries can help you determine your next step following an accident, especially if you are in an emergency situation. Remember also that common sense safety precautions such as wearing safety goggles or glasses may be your best approach to preventing eye injuries altogether and maintaining healthy vision for a lifetime.
Common conditions associated with eye injury and trauma include:
Scratched Eye (Corneal Abrasion)
Penetrating or Foreign Objects in the Eye
Caustic Foreign Substance in the Eye (Chemical Burn)
Subconjunctival Hemorrhages (Eye Bleeding)
Hyphemas and Orbital Blowout Fractures
If you have any eye injury, contact your eye care practitioner immediately for advice.
It’s imperative that you see an optometrist on a consistent basis to keep your eyes healthy. There are many diseases and conditions that be cured and treated successfully if caught early. According to the American Optometric Association of Ophthalmology, factors such as your eye health, family history and age determine how often you should have your eyes checked. Certain eye conditions such as Glaucoma or Eye injuries have no symptoms until it’s too late, so please don’t forget to visit your optometrist on a regular basis. If you’re overdue for your eye exam, please contact 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore to set up an eye exam.
Treat all eye injuries as potential emergencies, and never hesitate to contact or see an eye doctor immediately. Don’t take risks with your eyesight. Remember, you have only one pair of eyes. Visiting your local optometrist allows doctors to look directly and help you save your vision.