Four Common Eye Injuries and What to Do About Them

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 15-Aug-2014

eyedamageSMALLAt some point, we will all experience the stinging and burning associated with getting something in our eyes, or the pain that comes from an eye injury. Knowing what to do when your eyes are injured can help prevent serious damage to the eye.

Here are some of the most common eye injuries and what you can do about them:

  1. Foreign object in the eye: If you get something in your eye, such as an eyelash or a piece of dirt, do not rub the eye. Doing so may scratch your cornea. Instead, use a dampened cotton swab to gently remove the foreign object or rinse your eye with an eye rinse or water to flush out the particle.
    Important: If something has penetrated or become embedded in your eye, do not try to remove it!Instead, see your eye doctor for immediate treatment.
  2. Chemicals in the eye: Chemicals such as household cleaners can cause serious damage to the eye if they are not cleaned out immediately. If you accidentally splash chemicals into your eye, immediately flush the eye with warm water. Use both hands to keep your eye open while you allow water from the faucet or shower to run over your eye. Flush your eye for at least 15 minutes before heading to the emergency room for further treatment.
  3. Blow or blunt force trauma to the eye: Getting hit in the eye with a foreign object, such as a ball, is another very common eye injury. In many cases, a blow to the eye may result in swelling or a black eye but will not affect vision. In more serious cases, blunt force trauma to the eye can damage the structure of the eye, thus impacting vision. If you suffer a blow to your eye, gently hold a cold compress or ice pack on the eye without applying pressure and keep your head elevated to minimize swelling. If you experience persistent pain or notice any problems with your vision, go to your eye doctor or the emergency room for further treatment.
  4. Cut or puncture to the eye: If you suffer a cut or puncture to your eye, seek immediate treatment from your eye doctor. Never attempt to remove anything that is stuck in your eyelid or in your eye. While on your way to see your eye doctor, avoid rubbing your eye or the surrounding skin and keep your eye covered without putting any pressure on the eye.

If you suffer any type of injury to your eye, it’s always best to see your eye doctor to rule out any damage to the eye, even if symptoms are improving. Always remember to wear protective eyewear when performing tasks around the house, working in the yard, playing sports or swimming. Doing so can help protect your eyes from damage caused by an eye injury.

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